You don't see that every day!

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by CharlieB, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. CharlieB

    CharlieB New Member

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    So I opened up one of my big hives to do a split before they swarmed and I was too late. I didn't realize they had swarmed until I saw a queen running across a brood frame with another queen on her back stinging her. I didn't know what to think until I found two empty swarm cells along with three cells on another frame completely capped.

    Both queens were in bad shape. One was limping and the other was very lethargic. So I pinched both of them, moved the frame with the swarm cells to a nuc then re-queened the original hive. I also took a box off with brood and honey and introduce a queen to that one.

    What a shock to see that for the first time.
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Not that this is something someone wants to witness, I would consider myself fortunate to have been able to. :thumbsup:
    I guess if a person is at it long enough there will always be times where one will get the occasional glimpse of something extrordinary.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    oh them San Francisco flower children have now been exposed to the bee keeping worlds equivalent of a 'death match'. the gentle world of the bees is gentle no longer!

    an equivalent 'oh my gosh' kind of moment in the commercial bee keeping world is to pull a bar of what should be 10 day old cells (60 or so to a frame and 4 frames to a box... you can easily do the math here) only to find all have a large gaping hole in the side of each and every cell. the victims in this case never even had a fighting chance.
     
  4. CharlieB

    CharlieB New Member

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    Wow, that must have been a downer.
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Mother nature at her finest!

    Did you inspect the queen cells to see if they were still in good shape, sides not chewed out?
     
  6. CharlieB

    CharlieB New Member

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    Yes, they were in good shape.