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Rural Gardening: Whew! Not my bees

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Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
5:28 AM

Post #9122952

Had this swarm in my spruce. My hives are only 3 weeks old and still strong so I'm confident they are not mine.
I didn't have a home for them so I called another newbee and he came and got them.
Is it possible to take a small swarm and introduce them to an established hive?

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Arcade, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9123592

I wouldn't add a swarm to an establish hive. what I would do with the swarm. split the swarm into two new hives with two new queens.
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2012
4:49 AM

Post #9124400

I have an experienced beekeeper who only prefers using swarms to start new hives.
How do you split them and keep them from flying back together?
Arcade, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9126562

Put the swarm in a box. let the bees draw out comb. once you have an establish hive. split it. I split by taking out 2 to 3 frames of capped brood. use one frame of honey and pollen. wait 24 hours to add a new matted queen. 10 frame hive body or a 5 frame nuc is a good way to start a new hive. I start my new hives in a 5 frame nuc.

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