My first Abscond

Happy belated forth of July everyone. Made it out to the new outyard today (Henry’s Outyard). This is where I moved my split up aggressive colony. I started breaking into the first box and to my surprise no bee’s. I looked through the hive to see if I could figure out what happened. There is nothing left in the box. A week ago when I released the new queen there was a small cluster of bees covering about two frames. I figured once the queen started laying that they would bounce back just fine. They actually waited for all of the brood to emerge and then took off. There was literally nothing left in the hive. The floor was littered with bits of wax from the robbers cleaning it out. I’m still not entirely sure what to think of this situation. On another note the other three requeens/splits are doing just fine. I didn’t see the queens but plenty of eggs and larvae. I stacked a second deep on the strongest one gave the ones remaining some feed then was done for the day. The other noteworthy thing I noticed is that the colonies are settling down already. I guess three out of four really isn’t bad. It does make me wonder what a normal requeen acceptance rate is though. Sorry for my slightly scattered thoughts but my mind is in a bit of a blur this morning as I attempt to explain what happened

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4 comments on “My first Abscond
  1. deweysanchez says:

    Perhaps the queen failed early on or the bees didn’t accept her and buggered off to one of the other hive splits. 3/4 isn’t bad though.

  2. Brian says:

    Yea I’d take those odds any day when it comes to honey bees. I think it probably was an acceptance issue unless being caged didn’t agree with her.

  3. You never can tell with bees. The beekeeper joke goes something like, “if only they would read the text books.” Can’t help you on introducing queens; we always let the bees take care of making new queens. But, as you say, you are still ahead of the game.

    • Brian says:

      The only rule in beekeeping you can count on is there are no rules. I swear every time I think I get this stuff figured out they will go and do something off the charts.

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