Agreed.I guess those girls had been feelin' the luv
We all get it wrong sometimes. I agree with the weighing of pallets, been thinking about that. We run double pallets and no scale on the crane, so do a lift and guess check, but it leaves it open to variables, like who's lifting or how strong you feel on the day....Most died from starvation. We got it wrong
That's good info to know, re: the brood cycle.. And you are absolutely right to point out that its not necessary to test swarms for AFB straight away.Sure, I understand that. You need to wait until they are into the second brood cycle before defective cells will show up.
Did you put the swarm on foundation or drawn comb.
You should always use foundation if you do not know the origins of the swarm.
Personally I wouldn't be swapping frames back and forth between hives if one was a swarm of unknown origin. I have always quarantined swarms for two seasons, and kept the gear separate.nd be able to swap frames between them if needed.
If she comes back mated and she ain't much chop, when you have nurse bees in the colony, then requeenSounds sensible Maggie, I hate to think about having to destroy all my gear due to one swarm! I only keep 2-3 hives an apiary, and quarantine/scorch equipment between apiaries, and (hive tools) hives.. Funny/sad story though, I was checking hives at a friends, and they mentioned they had driven through a swarm in the area I caught the small one, same day and sadly many bees didn't make it! She was thankful her windows weren't open..
Thanks for the advice re; the virgin swarm.. we have a few nice days ahead hopefully she can get mated, she should've been out and about at that time of day though! I don't think northlands new L3 restrictions apply to her so hoping she's been out and about (and scanning)..