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How long does it take bees to make a hive?

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A colony of bees may establish a functional hive with comb in about a month, depending on factors such as species, colony size and availability of food. However a hive is never truly finished, and bees continue to expand the hive and its food stores until winter.

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How long does it take bees to make a hive?
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An average bee colony can contain up to 50,000 individual bees at the height of the season. In a new hive's second year, or sooner if the hive is overcrowded, a colony of bees usually swarms. During swarming, over half of the worker bees, along with the existing queen, leave their hive to establish a new, separate colony in a different location.

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