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Hi All,

I had a swarm today, and for the first time ever- I got it!

The hive (I believe was the one) that swarmed still has a cluster, and It's been over 3 hours. The weather is only in the 60s. I'm in Louisville, KY.

I did not spot the queen when I put the swarm into it's new home, but the swarm was pretty darn big.

Attached is the photo of the original hive, that has the cluster still.

(I feel like a total idiot for not opening that entrance more, that's been taken care of :doh:)

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Hi All,

I had a swarm today, and for the first time ever- I got it!

The hive (I believe was the one) that swarmed still has a cluster, and It's been over 3 hours. The weather is only in the 60s. I'm in Louisville, KY.

I did not spot the queen when I put the swarm into it's new home, but the swarm was pretty darn big.

Attached is the photo of the original hive, that has the cluster still.

(I feel like a total idiot for not opening that entrance more, that's been taken care of :doh:)

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Sweep them into a hive, this is likely another swarm. Later you can look thru for a queen, combine if one is not there.

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Are you using a screened bottom board?

I had a problem with masses of bees clustering under the screened bottom boards of some of my hives. I tried everything to get them back in the hives but they would not stay. They preferred clustering under the screened bottom board. I assume they could smell the hive odors and either thought they could get into the hive from the bottom or they were just content to hang out there. I finally solved that problem by blocking off the screens on all my hives. Now I only buy solid bottom boards.
 

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I do use screened bottom boards, but never had a problem before. I just replaced the one on that hive about a month ago because they made some kind of secret tunnel on that side of the bottom board lol! They were definitely tightening the cluster as the day moved on, so I put them in a nuc. It's strange that it seems a second queen came out of it... Dunno.
 

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I had a recent experience where a mated and virgin queen came out of the same swarm. Gray Goose gave you good advice. I have also had returned mated queens set up house under a screened bottom board, about the only negative I can find for their use in warm climates.
 
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