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I help with a couple of hives at my daughter's school. Last weekend I'd seen some queen cells so went back yesterday to make a split. Too late! They'd swarmed to a retaining wall nearby. I simply put my nuc on top of the wall with the entrance near the bees and watched as they marched right in. Amazing to watch how fast the bees started to fan their wings, literally no more than 15 seconds after the first bee walked in.

Best part was that I found the queen and watched her move up the wall and into the hive.

Bees are so cool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYzS4peK-2k
 

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Easy as 1 - 2 - 3! Nice video! Did you use anything to attract them into the box? How many frames (if any) were in the box at the time they're marching in?
At first look I'm thinking there's no way all of those girls are going to fit in there, that was a large swarm.
 

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Easy as 1 - 2 - 3! Nice video! Did you use anything to attract them into the box? How many frames (if any) were in the box at the time they're marching in?
At first look I'm thinking there's no way all of those girls are going to fit in there, that was a large swarm.
There were two frames of drawn comb with some honey and pollen in the nuc as well as three undrawn frames of wax foundation. I'm not sure if they all did fit as I had to leave before they all got in, will check it this afternoon and move to a deep if need be.
 

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What a fun watch with my morning coffee!
 

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Great video! Was that cool or what?! Watching them march in was amazing. Seeing the queen was great too. Good luck with them. Like BeePappy said, there were a lot of bees on that wall.
 
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