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Update on foundationless hives: good news

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Well, after the trauma of cutting out wild comb while it was still fresh and fragile, and causing some destruction almost two weeks ago, I'm pleased to report that the bees have mended the damage and have begun to build their comb in the right direction. It's absolutely wondrous to watch foundationless hives be built up out of thin air. In spite of the rocky start, I can't imagine wanting to run hives in any other way! I posted a couple hive-inspection photos on my blog, together with the whole story.
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First I would like to point out that swarms are passive because they have nothing to protect. I have found that smoke will work for getting bees to move away from a spot so if it is ether kill bees or puff them with smoke I would smoke em. What no elastics?! :D Lol watch them cut the string and pull it out, mine were trying to shove the elastic out my screened vent holes :)
 

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It is really neat how pheromones make the hive more like a super organism, its sort of like our body using hormones, very cool. Now thinking about it I don't know why a swarm is docile, is it because they gorge on honey or they have nothing to protect so the guard bees are off duty? Maby both?
 
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