Here’s a quick two-clip video that shows some of what we had to deal with today.

The first brief clip shows a monster hive after we did a full inspection of it and thoroughly riled up the bees. It’s a swarmed hive with a newly mated queen (which we spotted). It’s full of uncapped honey and very little brood. We pulled some honey frames to give the queen more room to lay, but I’m not sure what we’re going to do next. We found swarm cells in two other hives. The second clip shows one of the swarm cells. The other hive with swarm cells had about half a dozen capped cells. Lovely. We have a swarm trap out and we took other swarm prevention measures. But we’ll see how it goes next week. We have three mated queens coming in. I hope requeening calms the bees down. The past 40 days have been exhausting. We’ve done everything we can to keep the bees in check, but they’re on fire.

4 Responses to “Another Swarm Cell”

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  1. Jeff says:

    unless you are seeing a good number of worker brood/eggs in that colony I would think that this is a supersedure cell and would hold on to it.

    As for your other colony pull that queen out and put her in a nuc and let the queen cells duke it out. Reduce the queen cells down to 2 -3 cell and remove the rest. Aubrey was looking for a few more queen cells too. FYI.

    • Phillip says:

      The foundationless colony has the strangest queen. She completely stopped laying during a cold spell in May. No brood in the hive for the longest time. Then in the past couple weeks, she’s begun to lay again, worker brood too. I think her erratic laying caused the colony to supercedure, even though the cell is in a swarm position. The hive has plenty of laying space and is not over crowded with bees. We removed the frame with the queen cell. They may make another cell by next week, but we’ll requeen it with a mated queen then and hopefully that’ll fix it.

      As for the other colony, putting the queen in a nuc isn’t a bad idea. But we’ve already dealt with it, so it’s done. If by next week they’ve made more swarm cells and they haven’t swarmed, I may put the queen in a nuc like you suggested. Or I might requeen.

      Our hives are in the sun for most of the day now in their new location. They’re getting easily twice as much direct sunlight as they used to, if not three times more. I think I liked them more when they were in the shade. They seem a little out of control now.

  2. Jeff says:

    If that other colony continues to make queen cells. I’m game for one or two.

    On a side note of the 6 nucs I have out my way I was able to find 4 virgin queens today. I was hoping to find a mated queen but yesterday was the first day they would be mature enough to fly maybe even today. ALso the two that I did not find queens in where the two that I moved with queen cells in them so I’m curious to see what I have in town when I go in next time.

    Also the queen from the first set of nucs that I took back to Clarenville. Well she is on fire. She has a full deep completely drawn out with 7 frames of eggs and brood. She is on fire. Not bad considering she didn’t mate until June 15th.

    I added a medium super to her today. Also I added a third honey super to one of my colonies today. We will see what happens.

  3. Phillip says:

    I found a swarm cell today very much like the one shown in this video. I may just let them swarm and then hope I find the swarm hanging off a branch so I simply re-hive it. I’ll set up a swarm trap too, just in case.

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