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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2008, 09:20:41 PM »

June 5th...5 week old package rejects a clipped and marked queen.  June 18th...same colony swarms, taking huge number of bees with it.  I don't get it. 
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« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2008, 12:06:14 AM »

June 5th...5 week old package rejects a clipped and marked queen.  June 18th...same colony swarms, taking huge number of bees with it.  I don't get it. 

The hive had unmarked queen(s)--probably virgin--in with the workers so the caged queen that came with the package was rejected.  Once the virgin queens mated the presence of multiple queens was noted and 1 swarmed.
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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2008, 10:30:21 AM »

I thought with a multiple queen situation they would fight it out until only one was left.  Update on swarm: 44 hours now and swarm is still in tree right near hives although much smaller.  I actually thought I saw bees flying from swarm back into hive last night.  (robbing?)
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« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2008, 01:08:11 PM »

I doubt bees from a swarm would rob from the hive.  The gorged themselves before leaving the hive, so I would think they may be just 'going back home'? 

Can you get to the swarm and capture it?  If not, can you set up a swarm trap.  There are alot of post regarding swarm traps if you do a search on it.

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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2008, 03:55:01 PM »

Swarm is very high... actually thought about cutting the tree down and notching it in such a way to make it fall over slowly.  Am looking into swarm traps now for future use.
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