Beekeeping forum: bee clumps on new hive

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Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Jun 13, 2012 7:27 AM CST
The beekeeper brought a sixth hive over yesterday evening. This one behaved differently that the other five hives, and formed two clumps on the outside that stayed there all night. They look like two tiny swarms to me. I've sent this picture to the beekeeper and will be calling him soon. The clumps were still there at 6 am when it was 49 degrees out.
It was taken with a phone so it's not the greatest picture.

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jun 14, 2012 5:26 AM CST

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They could just be doing what is called bearding but I've not seen them do it like that. Could also mean there are too many bees in the hive.

Be sure to post what the beekeeper says when he checks them.
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Jun 14, 2012 7:33 AM CST
He just said they were very confused bees, having just been removed from their soffit home. It was a huge hive.

This morning there were no clumps.
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jun 14, 2012 3:28 PM CST

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LOL guess they were confused to move out of a mansion into a cottage hive.

Glad they are settling in.
Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
Charter ATP Member Clematis I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Colorado Ponds Roses Sempervivums
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tabby
Jul 1, 2012 5:38 PM CST
We're thinking it had lost it's queen. It was a cutout from somebody's house and the queen could have been killed, hurt or just not gotten. Anyway, this is what we found in today's hive inspection: There were a lot of queen cells in this hive - there could have been twenty. . It looks like at least two hatched. Could they have made and hatched a queen in two and a half weeks?

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
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Mindy03
Jul 2, 2012 12:48 PM CST

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Yes they could have produced queens in that length of time. Queens take 16 days from the time the egg was laid.

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