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My bees swarmed today and I was lucky enough to be home to catch them. I’m unsure what to do next though! Few questions below:

 

1. Should I add some full brood frames from the last hive? If so, when should I do this?

2. The queen is already a few years old, how long would you wait to replace her?

3.can I place the swarm hive next to the old hive or is this confusing for the bees?

4. When’s a good time frame to expect the new queen to start laying?

 

thanks in advance for the advice

 

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Well done on the capture:

 

1.  No, do not add brood.  The bees are already to start there own hive.

2.  Replace the queen before the end of February.

3. Yes, Any location is good.

4.   The swarm queen should be laying in about 4 days. (check for eggs)

5.  The hive that swarmed could be 2 weeks to lay.  leave it alone for 3 weeks.

6.  Only put the swarm on raw foundation.  But not so important if it your own hive that swarmed.

 

Best wishes.

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Thank you! That’s awesome advice, hopefully it all works out 🤞

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20 minutes ago, Joestie said:

Thank you! That’s awesome advice, hopefully it all works out 🤞

Bees GPS homing device  disappears when they swarm and they reset .

You can put your swarm hive right next to the original and there will be no confusion 

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Also check original hive for Queen Cells.

Destroy all except one or you may have further swarms emerge as Queens emerge from Queen cells.

 

 

 

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