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NZBF My hive has swarmed, what should I do next?

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I checked my hives today and one of them has swarmed. I dont when it happend as I hadn't checked them for about 2 weeks.

Im not sure what to do next. Should I wait and see if a queen comes back or buy a queen?

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Welcome to the forum @Alex Roberts . Can you describe what is left of the colony you suspect has swarmed? Roughly how many frames of bees are there? How many frames of brood and stores? How many capped queen cells did you find?

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If there are still cells around kill all but one and give it down time. I have found that in around 70% of cases when my hives have swarmed they have ended up with a laying queen... So don't worry too much :-) if there are no eggs in around 3 weeks time add some eggs from another hive and see what they do..

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