Do bees often jump to another hive box?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by stormranch, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. stormranch

    stormranch New Member

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    I noticed the other day that a ton of bees were clustering and tussling around the outside of the Boardman feeder on one of my hives. I decided to watch the situation, not sure if some other hive was robbing, or trying to. There is no sugar water on the outside of the feeder, so the activity was puzzling. Today I noticed that the next door supers were empty, when they had apparently been doing fine. The bees in the empty supers had plenty of room, so they had no reason to swarm that I know of. There were a few ants trying to get in, but not terribly bad. Also I checked for a swarm cluster in the area, and didnt find one. Is it possible that the bees in the one hive decided to join forces with their neighbors, and why might they do this?

    Mark
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    My guess is there was no brood left, either. If a hive goes queenless and all the brood emerges, yes, the remaining bees will sometimes go to a close by hive. It's something to see when they do. They will march in one large wave, as a swarm does when the sheet method is used.
     

  3. stormranch

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    Thanks, Iddee. You were right, no brood on the empty frames was found. I have some other hives that are about ready for another super, so I have a place for them. I figure its best to keep bees on them if possible. Thanks for the reply,

    Mark