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Here is a swarm schedule showing you the timing of what to expect when your colony swarms.

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Here is a swarm schedule showing you the timing of what to expect when your colony swarms.

Here is a schedule that shows the timing for a hive that has swarmed to re-queen itself. To use this schedule write the date that the swarm occurred on row 10. For example, if your colony swarmed on May 28 then write "5/28" on row ten. Fill in the rest of the calendar day column from that date.

This schedule won't be exact. Swarms usually occur when the queen cell is capped. However there may be some deviation of a day or two if the mother queen is not ready to fly yet. Filling in this schedule helps you know what to expect.

(Eidt: If you are on mobile you may need to scroll the table to the right to view it all).

Calendar Day Day Event
1 Queen lays egg
2
3
4 Queen cell is started
5
6
7
8
9
Write the Swarm Date Here 10 Queen cell is capped. Colony swarms.
11 Be extra careful with
12 frames with queen
13 cells for these
14 four days.
15
16 Virgin queen emerges
17 do not disturb
18 do not disturb
19 do not disturb
20 do not disturb
21 mating flights
22 mating flights
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31 Check for eggs
32
33
34 Check for larvae. If there are eggs/larvae then queen is laying.
35
36
37 If no eggs/larvae then the hive did not successfully re-queen itself. Re-queen.

(I posted this in another thread but it comes up often enough that I thought I would repost for all to see.)

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