First cut and crop, kinda sucessfull

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  1. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    Well. I did my first cut and crop this morning and it went well, except for the bees balling the queen!!!
    I've got them in the lang hive and will get a queen tomorrow.
    Right after I finished that, got a call from work about another swarm. Turned out to be a hive with brood and honey. They got a ride to crackerbee's house, hope his wife is not too mad. When I pulled off there were still bees all over his garage!!
    Anybody have any ideas why the bees killed the queen?? They had her in a ball about 10 feet from where I was working. I did not see them until I was finished and it was too late.
    Robert
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Are you sure they were balling her to kill her, it almost sounds like they were trying to protect her?
     

  3. RE Jones

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    Not sure, but I know by the time I got over there, she was dead.
    I know that I did not step on her or anything like that. I stayed on one side of the hive and where I was doing the crop. The ball was on the other side about 8-10 feet from where I was working. I was looking for her as I cut comb away from the bush they had built it on. They had built comb and attached in several places that I could not see, so it was kind of feel my way along. Never mashed a bee and they did not seem to be upset at what I was doing.
    I was finished and cleaning up when I noticed the ball of bees. Went over there and there she was at the bottom of the pile, dead.
     
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    Bees, I'll never figure them out. Just when you think you have the most rudimentary bit of insight, they let you know you don't!
     
  5. RE Jones

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    My luck with queens is not so good, looks like.
    I was going to pinch the one in my small TBH hive and combine the rest with a lang as there were only 150 or so bees left in it. When I found her and went to get her, she made about three circles in the air and was out of sight, I think she knew what was coming?
    Robert