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Author Topic: Bah! They swarmed.  (Read 228 times)
House Bee
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Location: Tallahassee, FL

« on: June 05, 2013, 10:22:36 PM »

I had a strong hive.  They made some swarm queen cells.  When one got capped I moved the queen to nuc.  My first cell should have had the new queen emerge Monday or Tuesday so I can only assume the new virgin queen took off with a bunch of my bees.  I think I have some other queen cells and I put fresh eggs in there about 5 days ago.  I can put more but I'm disappointed they still swarmed. 
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Location: Ballston Spa, New York

« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 10:46:04 PM »

I had the same situation (queen cells) and decided to take them out and make a nuc / split with the frame containing the cells.  This is now my strongest hive!  I considered moving the queen and letting the virgin queen take over the existing hive.  Now, after reading you plight, I'm happy I did it the way I did. 

The thing I love about beekeeping is that every experience leads me to more knowledge that I can invariably apply to a later situation. 

Hang in there! 

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