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I'm a first year rookie so I may have lots of questions but my main one is this. I checked my 8 frame hive the other day which had been very active and found only maybe 100 bees left in the hive. This was a new hive last spring with about 13,000 bees. I have checked the frames and see no new Queen cells and no eggs. Should install a new queen or just write it off?
 

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the thread title says swarmed hive do you know for a fact they swarmed?

IMO installing a new Queen on 100 bees is not going to work, they need to be well on the way toward winter stores being saved.

Do you have other hives?


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the thread title says swarmed hive do you know for a fact they swarmed?

IMO installing a new Queen on 100 bees is not going to work, they need to be well on the way toward winter stores being saved.

Do you have other hives?


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I'm assuming they swarmed as i'm not finding any dead bees around or in the hive. I do have another hive next to this one that seems to be doing well.
 

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Advice on a swarmed hive failing to requeen is different than a shrinking one.

normally after swarm there is more than 100 bees, likely a 1/3 would remain.

Seems to me unless you had some inspections proving different , the queen failed and the replacement also failed to work out, could have swarmed first.

I would shake them out , freeze the comb for 2 weeks, if needed and use it on the other hive, maybe in the spring you can split it.

the comb should be good, and has value.

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You have experienced what is known as an "Abscond" where the colony leaves for a new location leaving little or no brood, and no attempt at raising another queen.
 
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