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keeping captured swarm in new home

Posted by softmentor z9/sunset13 CA deser (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 29, 11 at 22:12

Well I took the plunge and bought the suit, boxes and all the accessories. I put my wild bees in the box and all was well for the first 3 days... and the promptly few away.
Any tips for keeping bees in their new home?

Also, a few stragglers have remained behind. What can I do with them? any chance they will hatch out a queen? (I didn't see queen cells but I'm not sure I would have recognized them, I'm still very new at this) Would it be worth getting a queen for them? Other options?


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RE: keeping captured swarm in new home

No queen would be good for a few stragglers, best to buy a package or wait for a new swarm. A swarm wouldn't build queen cell right away. Sometimes when a swarm is hived, some people
lock them up with a screen for a couple of day's...I never do.
Have you checked all your trees to see if the swarm settled somewhere?


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RE: keeping captured swarm in new home

Thanks Konrad for the response.
Yes, checked around. Even watched water sources and followed bees flight path... couldn't find them anywhere close.
From what I've gathered, the Q must have been killed or injured in the move.
What should I do with the brood comb I put in the frames? Just take the wax and call it a day?


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RE: keeping captured swarm in new home

No problem..not sure what you mean by brood comb in the frames.
Most likely the queen didn't lay in the 3 day's, if she did then most likely bees would have stayed put. Did the bees build up a little on the foundation?


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RE: keeping captured swarm in new home

I just took a swarm down late in the evening, actually I wasn't thinking for swarm but when checking my two hives a swarm was only about 3 feet away in a small cherry tree,.. couldn't miss it. I find taking them down late evening in low ligth they will stay put...at least over night, I never had one taking off after,....some pictures.

July 6, 2011

A knock on that branch,.. that's it...that was easy.

July 6, 2011

24 Hours after...
July 7, 2011

I hived them in older combs with crystallized honey, you can see they have cleaned out allot of it, some frames they filled
with new honey already, it's amazing how swarm bees are determent to work very hard,...I love swarms.


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