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  1. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    There is a beekeeper in our club who does cutouts for free. From my understanding, he gets quite a few calls and I've even given him two different "jobs" I wanted to pass up - both involving trees...
  2. Re: Not catching swarms - what gives?

    As others have said, a Nuc is really too small for a large swarm. While they may come and look, if they find a larger area to occupy than your Nuc, they will go to the larger area.
    So far this...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call late this morning from a church - they had a swarm of bees on their steps. I went over to collect them, and they were on the stone wall of the church with some of the swarm on the step. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Our RZR was down for over a week, so I was unable to check my one swarm trap that can only be reached by walking or by utility vehicle.

    We got our RZR back today, so I went to check on this swarm...
  5. Re: Does his look like what I think?

    Well, at least he was one of the HUNDREDS that got chosen. I'm sure there are many drones that never get to complete their "mission". And in the Fall, they are kicked out to die anyhow.

    He will...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    "Runny, dirty Italians?" Please explain what that means.
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    Swarm

    Just received my 2nd swarm call of the season - the first one ended with the bees taking off before I got there.
    A nice 3 pound swarm hanging on a Red Maple 5' off the ground. Dumped them into a...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Received a call this afternoon about a swarm. Got the information and went to the house. 3 pound swarm haning on a Red Maple 5' high.
    Knocked them into a cardboard box, dumped them into the hive,...
  9. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    sweettooth, what I meant is if you don't have any other swarm bait hives in the area where you caught this one, make sure you put another one up. You could get a secondary swarm from the original...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I checked another bait hive tonight that I haven't looked at for the past 1 1/2 weeks. As I approached, I saw a few bees going in - and they didn't do the usual scout thing (flying around the front...
  11. Re: Hive not tended too for 6 years

    I once got a call from someone who had bought a new place (I had advertised in the paper for swarms) that they had a beehive in the yard - and I could come get it if I wanted it. I asked questions...
  12. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    Congratulations! My bait hive that was busy with bees had a swarm move in to it yesterday. Oddly enough, there are still bees checking out the first hive so fingers crossed.

    Make sure you...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Success with a bait hive (See post # 2310).
    Swarm moved in 06/18/14. I didn't look yet to see how big of swarm it is.
    Rain in the morning with the sun coming out and getting humid in the...
  14. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    You just never know for sure if a swarm will take a up new home - until they actually do it.

    I've been tricked a couple of times thinking "Lot's of bees are checking it out, it won't be long...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I have 3 bait hives sitting near an old abandoned house that has bees in the wall. Hadn't seen anything until I checked on it tonight. The hive nearest to where I parked (sitting on a garbage can)...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call this evening from a friend where I have a swarm trap set up - sitting on a stump. He said bees were going in and out.
    I stopped by and lifted the lid, and it's a good size swarm that has...
  17. The cheap cardboard box swarm trap

    On the internet was a video of how to make a cheap swarm trap.

    You get a cardboard box that a ream of paper comes in - any company office has these - and you put a frame of drawn out comb in the...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Brockport, PA 15823 - Got a call in the morning about a swarm in their Maple tree. I didn't get there until early afternoon, and by then when the lady went to show me where they were, they were...
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    Re: Latest hive

    rtoney, Just so you know, what you are doing is illegal. All honeybees are to be kept in hives that have removable frames. (This is so your state bee inspector can come in and inspect for...
  20. Re: May 29th and still waiting on the first swarm call

    Well, it wasn't a swarm call I got but just happened to be driving down the road and saw "something" in a bush. After I passed it I thought to myself "Was that a swarm in a bush or something that...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    First swarm of the year for me! Just happened to be driving down the road and saw "something" on a bush. I'm thinking "Was that a swarm or dead stuff in the bush?" I back up - yep, it's a swarm.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Okay, it's my turn . . . . FINALLY!! Just happened to be driving down the road to look at a swarm trap and happened to see "something" on a bush by the side of the road. Immediately my brain says...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Had our bee meeting yesterday for Jefferson County. A few of the members have had swarm calls, but not many. So they must just be behind due to the cold winter and late Spring.

    I still have bees...
  24. Re: May 29th and still waiting on the first swarm call

    The deer stand bait hive was very busy today. So busy in fact, I thought possibly a swarm had moved in.

    I climbed up and lifted the box, nope no residents yet - just lots of bees flying around,...
  25. Re: May 29th and still waiting on the first swarm call

    I put a swarm trap up in a deer stand on our property and have noticed bees are checking it out. I stopped by tonight, and there were probably 10 or so flying around, going in, coming out - so I'm...
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