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Author Topic: I`VE gotten 4 swarms already im thinking they are not my bees  (Read 469 times)
classeroadbees
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« on: May 18, 2010, 10:03:46 PM »

I hived 4 swarms will ferol hives come to my bee yard or is it my home hives swarming when i see a swarm in my trees
i check my hives they are full of bees are these my home bees or feral bees any help will be great thanks classeoadbees
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 10:11:33 PM »

unless you got feral hives close by i bet they are comming out of your hives. i have seen hives swarm and you couldnt tell they swarmed by looking at the numbers but remember it takes 2 to 3 weeks for a new queen to start laying that is when the hive will look weak. if you only have a few hives and you notice a swarm look between the to brood boxes and see if you see swarm cells
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never take the top off a hive on a day that you wouldn't want the roof taken off your house
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 10:23:35 PM »

mark your queens then you will know if its yours or not.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2010, 10:50:46 PM »

good idea and could work but not all the time. The bees have a habit of grooming off the markings and if the swarm issues with  a virgin queen she wont be marked. i did have a bee call the other day at boeing on the side of a hanger that had a queen marked with a yellow dot swarm was no bigger than a soft ball
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never take the top off a hive on a day that you wouldn't want the roof taken off your house
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