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Swarm from My Hives caught in the act

Hey Everyone

Just wanted to share some cool video footage of a swarm that came out of one of my hives yesterday. It was actually a hive that had been split about 3 weeks ago from another hive. I was hoping they would make a new queen and stay in the new box. But it seems they had other plans. Strangely enough after swarming out of the hive I wasn’t sure what to expect to find in the original box. But upon inspection it seems there were still UN-hatched queen cells. Maybe the first queen that hatched decided not to kill the other Queens and stay, but preferred to take half to colony & swarm?

Anyway, the following videos are in order of the events as they took place.


Swarm Initiated!

And heres just a little extra feature vid:

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Hi Ryan, you’re spot on with your assessment of what happened. It’s what I’ve been talking about trying to avoid over the last month or so. I take a split, then after the queen cells have developed, I split the split again to only about 2 frames of bees with just 1 frame of brood containing queen cells. I try to balance the population while taking into account the number of bees yet to emerge from the brood frame, plus maybe a second frame with emerging brood.

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Hey Jeff

Wow, that is good to know that my assumptions make sense, and that I can make the best of the situation. So If all goes well I may end up with 3 new hives from 1. :slight_smile:

Cheers! Ryan

Yes you’re spot on Ryan, you certainly can & if the spring weather holds, you can even go higher.

I split a bloke’s hive on the 1st of this month. The split was my fee. I comfortably made 3 nucs from that one split. Most of the brood was sealed which meant a huge population increase during the following 2 weeks, which I was able to use to bolster a couple of weaker hives on top of the 3 splits.

You can think of a single hive at the start of spring as a small snowball, then let it grow. It would be incredible to actually see how big the snowball would get at the end of a season if one was to focus wholly on growing that snowball, while ignoring honey production.