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Very late swarm

 
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Tim71
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:09 am    Post subject: Very late swarm Reply with quote

I was called to a swarm at the local allotment this morning. It was small and I'm not sure of the best thing to do with it. I have a Warre hive that has a swarm housed in June and has an empty box. I have them in a flower pot at the moment. Could I combine them? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a spare hive with plenty of drawn comb, you could give them that and then feed them as much thick syrup as they will take. Otherwise I would remove the queen and combine them with another colony. Shame but really too late for them to start from scratch now in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice Barbara, much appreciated. I've combined them and they seem to have settled in together so far. Is a late swarm like this unusual?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simple answer..... Yes! Not totally unheard of but pretty much suicidal. They might be a swarm from a colony that is starving and therefore nothing to lose. Quite a few colonies are low on stores this year. I'm having to feed 3 which is extremely unusual.
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