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Deanna Corbett <[log in to unmask]>
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In the case of your first swarm, I'd be thinking about horses before zebras.  Swarms are pretty mild as a rule when they're fresh out of the hive, but the longer they're out the stroppier they get.  A 'dry' swarm that's been out a couple of days without finding a nice home to settle in and they're tummies are long empty are a completely different kettle of fish from a 'wet' swarm.
 
In the second case, well, there's nothing to say that it wouldn't be a a bad tempered hive wherever it was.  Moving it and achieving a change in temperament won't prove anything much either unfortunately, as there are so many other variables to it.
 
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Deanna Corbett
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

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