Inspections today.

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Yankee11, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Yankee11

    Yankee11 New Member

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    Found one hive with swarm cells. Big healthy hive. I found the queen. I took the queen and a couple frames of brood, frame of honey and a fame of pollen and put them in a nuc, with a lot of bees. Inserted some foundation in the brood boxes. Should I go ahead and put her in a deep since she is a laying queen. AND shouldn't this keep the parent hive from swarming? I hope?

    Found another one with swarm cells but could not find queen. I did pull a frame that had several capped queen cells and started a nuc.

    This one has me puzzled.
    I combined a swarm and a queenless nuc about 2 weeks ago. They are in a 10 frame deep, the queen is laying great, but I found 2 different frames with 2 to 4 capped queen cells on each frame. Did see lots of small larva and capped brood. They still have a lot of room. I did not see queen tonight. Gonna look again, but I kinda want to split this into 2 nucs now, with a frame of Q cells in each nuc. I don't know why they have so many queen cells.
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    # 1 - The first hive you did exactly what I would have. :thumbsup:
    # 2 - The reason you couldn't find the queen is because she has probably already left.
     

  3. Bees In Miami

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    PerryBee +1 :thumbsup:

    You saw larvae & brood.....any eggs? I think PerryBee nailed it.
     
  4. Yankee11

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    I looked through this hive that has swarm cells again. I can not find the queen. If they swarmed they didn't take many bees with them. Still a lot of bees and a lot of brood.

    I hope they have swarmed because if so, they will still make honey I think.

    Without laying my eyes on the queen, there is nothing I can do, is there?

    What would happen if I split the 2 boxes with queen cell frames in each box?
     
  5. Bees In Miami

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    You sure they are swarm cells, and just not emergency cells? They may just be trying to re-queen??? Hate to see you split them again if you are looking for productivity, but I only know enough to plead ignorance....:wink:
     
  6. Yankee11

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    I'm with ya. It is still a plenty big colony if they stay the way they are.
    These cells are almost all hanging from the bottom of the frames.

    I found a interesting pdf on preventing swarms but i don't know how to post a pdf.
     
  7. Yankee11

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    What if I did this.

    Put the a couple of the frames with capped queen cells in a nuc box. Then remove all the queen cells from the big colony.

    Then wait for a few days and see what happens. If they have already swarmed then they would be queenless. If so, I could combine the nuc back with the colony.

    Just thinking out loud.