Old hive and bees?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by RE Jones, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    I have several hives that are empty that I have set out in my bee yard. One of them has about 20-30 bees flying around it and trying to get in.
    I opened it up yesterday as they were trying to get in. This morning I went out and there were more flying around the entrance. I opened it up and about 20 came out and buzzed me.
    There is nothing in this hive, it is empty, any ideas as to why they are attracted to it?
    Robert
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Perhaps scouts from a swarm checking it out to see if it will meet their requirements? :mrgreen: :yahoo:
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Most likely scouts. Don't disturb it for a few days and you may have a new colony of bees
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    all of the above. Love it when they come home on there own. :D
     
  5. RE Jones

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    After reading the above replies, I just went a added several frames to the hive, we will see what happens.
    Thanks, Robert
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    They will start drawing comb in empty space. Fill the hive with frames.
     
  7. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I would say scouts also, frames with foundation or drawn comb will make them even more curious.
     
  8. jim314

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    Good luck with it. I've got one with a for rent sign on it also :)
     
  9. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    a snip..
    it is empty

    tecumseh:
    no frames, no wax, no nada?
     
  10. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    Tec, it was empty until yesterday. There was nothing in it. I have several hives that I keep in the yard that are empty. I have the frames and foundation in an airtight box and use when I need them.
    It now is full of frames with foundation.
    I am now waiting to see what happens.
    Robert
     
  11. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Robert, old brood comb is very alluring to swarms. Instead of filling it with only new foundation, see if you can put in one old brood frame and it will be even more appealing to swarms.