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Offline Mr T-Bone

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Swarms...
« on: April 23, 2006, 12:27:43 PM »
Well... I lost a swarm yesterday, they were gone by the time I got back with a box to put them in, I did learn the importance of having an empty box on hand though....  

Anyway, had another swarm this morning, they were going nuts while I was working in the garden, I got stung twice. They were very aggresive, almost to the point of a Hitchcock movie...  I caught that swarm with a queen.

I went ahead and opened my oldest hive for an inspection. It has 2 queen cells in it. What do you suppose would happen if I removed the frams with the queen cells and put them in a box with a few drones and workers? Would them form a new colony or do you think they would all die?

I bought another colony from Hummer & Son yesterday, so far so good with them.
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Offline Michael Bush

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Swarms...
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2006, 05:51:10 PM »
What do you suppose would happen if I removed the frams with the queen cells and put them in a box with a few drones and workers?

All things being equal they would raise a new queen.

> Would them form a new colony or do you think they would all die?

Probably form a new colony.

The hitch is it will leave the old colony hopelessly queenless and it will die.
Michael Bush
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