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Nurse Bee

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Location: Ireland

PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:17 pm    Post subject: artificial swarming in Tbh Reply with quote

I am a new beek,having acquired my first nuc last July.The bees successfully made it through the winter with a little feeding.
On inspection, I think I found 3 capped queen cells.
As I already had a2nd hive made, I have transferred the old queen and 5 frames of brood/stores to that hive, leaving 6 frames of brood and stores and the queen cells in the old hive.
The 2nd hive is a few feet away from the first and facing a slightly different direction.
So, am now wondering if I have done the right thing?????

Any advice most welcome. Maybe I can change things if necessary!
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Scout Bee

Joined: 17 Jul 2011
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Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should be fine. The field bees with your queen will return to the original hive leaving her and the house bees in the new hive. As they mature into field bees the current house bees will orientate to the new hive. The only problem is if you didn't shake in enough house bees to maintain the brood if the weather turns cold.

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