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Advice needed - feeding an artificial swarm

 
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nathalier
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:08 pm    Post subject: Advice needed - feeding an artificial swarm Reply with quote

Hi,

Our hive was showing signs of swarming last month so we carried out an artificial swarm. We fed the new hive after 48 hours but I can't find any information on when we should stop feeding them. We put 2 feeders in the hive as they were going through the sugar syrup quickly. Our first full inspection will be later this week which will be 21 days post swarm so we should know then if we have a Queen and brood etc.

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Nathalie
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nathalie,

I would imagine that having given them a good start it is likely that your bees won't need feeding again as long as you don't take too much honey away from them. I don't do artificial swarms, preferring just to catch any swarms that do come. I have not needed to feed swarms for several years now as there has always been plenty of forage. If forage is good, you shouldn't need to feed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

If you think about it logically, the bees in a swarm only have whatever honey/nectar they have in their honey stomach to start a new colony. I would say that a natural swarm is probably not going to be more than a couple of lbs heavier than an artificial swarm if that, so I would feed them a couple of lbs of syrup and then let them get on with it. The weather and nectar flow has been amazing this year here in the UK so they really should not need further feeding.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, we will stop feeding them then so they can find their own food, we have a full inspection tomorrow so will see how they are doing for stored then.
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