2nd swarm in 10 days

Discussion and questions.
Post Reply
Randy Rutherford
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon May 02, 2016 5:06 pm

2nd swarm in 10 days

Post by Randy Rutherford » Mon May 02, 2016 5:29 pm

Hi all,

My hive swarmed 4/22. I caught it (with queen) and started a new hive. The original hive swarmed again today and is hanging out in my neighbor's tree again. Is it likely there is a new virgin queen with this swarm? Would a swarm leave without a queen? If I put this swarm back into the original hive (which has plenty of queen cups), would it just swarm again?

Thanks for any insight,

Laura Tyler
Posts: 28
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:23 am

Re: 2nd swarm in 10 days

Post by Laura Tyler » Tue May 10, 2016 2:57 pm

Hi, Randy.

It's not unusual for a swarm-primed colony to swarm multiple times and two may not be the the end of it. Some colonies will swarm until they're essentially exhausted. Yes, it's likely that the subsequent swarms are swarming with virgin queens.

Collect them as you can, allow them to establish themselves as an independent colonies, and then combine if necessary later in the season. Since the swarm impulse is strong in this mother colony I would not attempt to re-integrate the daughter-swarms back in because it's likely to swarm again. Once the swarm impulse takes hold it can be hard to stop.

Post Reply