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Time Between Second And Third Issues

Categories: SWARMING.
Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Piping for third swarms (when they issue) may usually be heard the

evening after the second has left, though one day commonly intervenes

between their issues.

Here my experience is at variance with many writers, who give several

days between the second and third. I do not recollect an instance of

more than three days between, but many in less, several the next, and

one the same day of the second! I had an
instance of a swarm losing its

queen (the old one) on its first sally, and returned to wait for the

young ones; when they were ready, an uncommon number of bees were

present; three swarms issued in three days! On the fourth, another came

out and returned; the fifth day it left; making four regular swarms in

five days. On the eighth, the fifth swarm left! Although I never had

five swarms from a stock before, yet I expected this, from the fact of

hearing the piping on the next evening after the fourth one had left.

The piping had continued in this hive from the evening previous to the

first swarm till the last one had left.