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Offline yes2matt

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How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« on: March 21, 2020, 06:41:37 pm »
Is it possible to tell from the outside if a hive is in early stages of swarming vs normal bearding?

I keep the bees on this lady's farm and she sent me a picture. I'm a day away anyway so can't do anything really. But would ease my mind to know what I was seeing.

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Re: How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 06:56:26 pm »
Was it just that one hive? 

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Re: How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 07:19:49 pm »
Was it just that one hive?
Yes. But the other boxes in that area are either empty or mating nucs

Edit: one of the nucs was bearding too. So it is that.

So: one way to tell is comparison to other hives. :)

« Last Edit: March 21, 2020, 08:50:33 pm by yes2matt »

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Re: How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 11:34:31 pm »
Matt, will you be able to go inside those hives tomorrow and search for queen cells? I am curious per your question also. If you do go through them let us know what the inside situation is please sir. I caught a big swarm yesterday. They could be getting ready to swarm.

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Re: How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2020, 07:00:50 pm »
Bearding doesn?t mean they are swarming.  It also doesn?t mean they are not swarming. 
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Re: How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2020, 08:03:36 am »
Matt, did you get a chance to go inside and check this hive out? If so what did you find??

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Re: How to tell swarm prep vs bearding
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 02:59:43 am »
Is it possible to tell from the outside if a hive is in early stages of swarming vs normal bearding?

Short answer ..... NO
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