Photo by Melody
We rolled out several small fixes on January 29. If you encounter any problems, please report them in the designated thread in the DG Site Updates forum.

Beekeeping: Newly hived honeybees absconding

Communities > Forums > Beekeeping
Forum: BeekeepingReplies: 3, Views: 69
Add to Bookmarks
Algonquin, IL

May 15, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #6549848

Hived three packages of honeybees and within 3 days they took off. No comb built, no signs of swarming. Have one hive which survived by putting a queen excluder between bottom board and first hive box. Anyone have this happen and what remedies did you use.I had the entrance reducers removed as I should have probably left them. I hived new bees and now left the reducers and queen excluder in place. We will see if they go now.
Benton, PA

May 18, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #6564875

From the very little I know, when you hive new bees we are to cover the small entrance to the hive with a small chunk of grass and let the bees work their way through it. That way they will remember their location and return to the hive. I am very new at bee keeping also but I have been reading up on the subject. for sometime before getting my first hive. I have also been feeding my hive as I live in the North of Pa.
Waynesville, MO

May 18, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6565799

I had the same thing happen. 3 days and they tried to leave. Fortunately I came home before they got far (they were hanging on a tiny tree about 15 ft from the hive. I called the guy I got them from and he told me that sometimes they do that. They are still wildlife and have minds of their own. I have since convinced them to stay home. I don't know why they didn't like the home I gave them. I even sprayed all the frames with sugar water. They are happy now. I did have an entrance reducer but did not have it plugged. After hiving them a second time, I put a wad of grass in the little hole for a couple of days.
Eureka, CA

May 22, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #6582999

They could have left because of a lack of food. Feeding them 1:1 syrup for a few weeks could help keep them in place, and help them build comb.

You cannot post until you register and login.

Other Beekeeping Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
To catch a honey bee... WUVIE 10 Mar 25, 2007 11:18 PM
Dead Bees countryfarms 17 Oct 7, 2010 11:42 AM
New Beekeepers SwarmCatcher 10 Sep 12, 2009 3:51 PM
Bee sting - bee stinger mygardens 27 Nov 12, 2008 4:04 PM
Bees in the ground starlight1153 45 Sep 9, 2009 9:54 PM

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America