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    Double Swarm

    I think you're probably right. One prime swarm with the old queen which I missed as I was abroad and then, on the day I returned, 2 casts. I caught one and it is now successfully hived. But neither it, nor the original colony, now have any BIAS.....so I think they are both queenless 14 days...
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    Double Swarm

    A strange thing happened to me today: I've been abroad for a short while and unable to tend to my bees (single colony). I was half expecting them to swarm, because they have been expanding rapidly during Mar/Apr and when I last had the chance to look at them there was some evidence of queen...
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    Brood and a half

    Many thanks; I'll let you know how I get on. It was 6/7 frames of bees not brood by the way - my typo!
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    Brood and a half

    I got my first nuc last Jul (national hive) and got them into the winter on a brood and a half. The comb in the 'half' was all drawn by the bees and filled only with stores; the queen never went up that far to lay! My bees seem to have come through winter well; they are flying, collecting...
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