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10630RE: [SPAM] Re: [SPAM]Re: [Beekeeping] queens

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  • M. H. Bice
    Dec 1, 2007
      I've had swarms leave with a clipped queen - they just didn't get very far. I've found them in the concrete blocks the original hive was placed on. (They even started building comb so they may have been there several days - I have to work I day job, so I would have missed them swarming.) Luckily, I was able to scrape the comb off and place them in a new hive.
      It was still a mess, so preventing swaming still beats moving a hive off its stand, scraping comb off concrete, and getting a few stings in the process! While I was doing all of this, I spotted the queen which was the old marked and clipped queen - obviously didn't fly very far from the hive and they decided to build under the hive in the hive stand. I've also heard of clipped queens going to nearby low branches near a hive.
      Mobile, AL

      Ruary Rudd <rrudd@...> wrote:
      The clipping of a quenne does not prevent swarming, it only delays it. With an unclipped queen the swarm issues when the queen cell is capped. When the queen is clipped the swarm will fly after the new queen emerges. The swarm flies with the new queen.
      Marking the queen makes it easier for you to find her, and you can check whther she has been superseded.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: On Behalf Of Peggy Willenberg
      Sent: 30 November 2007 17:18
      To: Beekeeping@yahoogro ups.com
      Subject: [SPAM] Re: [SPAM]Re: [Beekeeping] queens

      Thanks, Mike, will do!
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Mike
      Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 1:29 PM
      Subject: [SPAM]Re: [Beekeeping] queens

      Hi Peggy,

      There are differing opinions or there wouldn't be the option of having them clipped or not.  I am one who likes the wings clipped because they won't swarm with the old queen...she can't fly.

      I like her marked, too!

      My humble opinion.


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