- 03-15-2012, 08:40 AM
Hello everyone, Got my first call for a swarm. Looks like they may have made their way into a home, but were clustered on the eave still so maybe I can persuade them into my box. If not, looks like an easy cutout once they get established. This freaky weather has me concerned that the bees are going to build, swarm, and establish their new homes, only to have a cold front come through and kill their nectar and pollen sources and therefore the bees as well. Even the ones in my hives may not have the stores needed if that happens, what with the increase in the bees numbers with what may be a false spring. Only God knows what weather we are in for in the next few months. At least most of the trees made it through the first blooming without having their blooms frozen off like most springs. Anyone else seen any signs of swarms so far? Ben
- 03-22-2012, 08:01 AM
Well on the 19th, I came home to find 2 separate swarms from 2 of my hives. 1 in a tree and 1 on the base of my hive stand. Spent most of that day trying to put them in a hive but both left the box and went back to their original place several times. Eventually, I won and now they are happy in my boxes. I have several swarm boxes placed in various areas around my place but they hadn't found them b4 I saw them hanging out. I imagine they would have eventually located the empty boxes with frames and old comb in it, but I didn't want to take the chance of them flying away and went ahead and manually retrieved them.
I'm a little surprised that I haven't gotten more calls for swarms than I have. But I have a feeling that they are going to come in like a tidal wave. Ben
- 03-26-2012, 01:39 PM
I had a call from a lady in Yalobusha county about some bees in a fallen tree in her yard. Kind of a drive for me so I passed it on to a couple guys in Water Valley but haven't heard if they got them yet. I came home on the 24th to find a swarm in my pear tree that I successfully got in a box. Then one again yesterday from a top bar hive that is at about 35 feet up in a tree at the moment. I put a baited hive body under the tree and hope they decide to use it. I'm not going up there. We'll see what happens with them. Ben
- 03-27-2012, 08:39 AM
Well, the swarm up in the tree took off and chose not to use my box yesterday midday. I went scouting the woods trying to locate them only to find another swarm off of another hive that is kind of tucked away. I haven't been paying that much attention to the queen cells they are making in the boxes and I figured that I'd have a few swarms, but this is more than I was thinking. I'm running out of hive bodies. I did manage to get it boxed up as it was only 6 feet off the ground. I have to say, I enjoy claiming them when they aren't 35 feet up. 3-6 feet in a pine or pear tree is nice.
Paintingpreacher, how did you get a call about a Tupelo swarm? Must have been someone that knew you or about you. Kind of a drive. I just figured that the local authorities would have had the names of some local beekeepers. Thanks, Ben
- 03-28-2012, 08:24 AM
Good. I have 1 swarm that was about the size of a softball when I saw them. I put them in a nuc with a frame of drawn comb and they just haven't done much. Seems like the queen just doesn't want to lay. She is quite active, large and easy to spot. So I took a frame of eggs/brood from another box and put in with them. I figure either they will supersede her or they won't. Any suggestions? Thanks, Ben