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Offline bill

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I learn everything the hard way
« on: April 14, 2005, 12:18:35 AM »
well as some of you know I have been starting two nucs and had been introducing the new queens, then yesterday I collected a small swarm. I thought everything was going great but this morning the new swarm was robbing one of the nucs. I made the entrance smaller but that did not deter them so I read what finsky said on closing up the hive letting the robbers out at sundown and moving the hive. I was working late in the garden and then went in for supper. anyway I forgot to let the robber bees out. well it still was just turned dark so I thought I would try to see if they would go home so I could move them in the morning. they came out on the porch but would not fly.  I thought that there was really a lot of them so I thought I would lift the lid and see just how many there were. I soon found out that the whole swarm was there. I then thought they will kill my queen so I shoved thje brood frame aside and reached in and got my queen out, She was still alive but all but one of her attendants were dead. I guess I will try to make another nuc with her tomorrow.   at least I dont have to worry about them absconding now  if someone has advice I need it

Offline Jerrymac

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I learn everything the hard way
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2005, 12:38:54 AM »
Are you sure this is the queen from that nuc and not the swarm queen?

I don't think you will get any where if there is no bees to take care of her. Is there any brood in any of your hives? You might have to stick her back into a cage and re-introduce her to some of the other bees from the swarm.
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