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    swarms available for free near San Diego

    I am starting to catch swarms coming out of the orchards to the east of me. I am catching them in Top Bar bait hives. I did this last year and was able to give away about seven good / non aggessive...
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    San Diego Swarms need homes

    I reside in East Escondido, 35 miles north east of San Diego, CA. I set up five traps in my garden this year and each one was occupied within two weeks. I am a second year and only have (time for)...
  3. Re: any of you have luck putting out baited swarm traps?

    I put out four traps last spring and caught three swarms. I used mini TBH config and baited with lemongrass / bees wax mixture, I did not have any old comb. I live on an east facing hillside, so I...
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    Wintering in warmer climates

    First year beek in San Diego, CA. Lots of discussions on the forum regarding wintering of bees, but mostly concentrating on the colder climates. Are there certain things that I should be doing /...
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    Re: Am I being irresponsible?

    Thanks for the welcome. Wow, never would have thought to wear surgical gloves. (with no other outer glove?) I'll have to give it a try. The garden gloves had leather fronts, but canvas over the...
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    Re: Am I being irresponsible?

    Wow, I incited quite a bit of dialogue. I do intend to help guide the bees to draw straight combs. I transplanted their feral combs into frames and will manipulate bars as appropriate to guide...
  7. Thread: Aerial assult

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    Re: Aerial assult

    Yesterday I saw a yellow jacket intercept a honeybee and bring it down to the ground. It then proceeded to section it and flew away with the forebody. It came back a few minutes later for the...
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    Am I being irresponsible?

    I'm a new Beeke and I just want to have bees on the property. They are so cool to watch. I've heard the saying that beekeepers get into it because of the bees, and get out of it because of the...
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    Small Swarm, Yeah right

    Took a late afternoon call to collect a 3-week swarm. Showed up and the bees were concealed in a storage tub. I pulled apart the tub side and openned up a huge active hive. Turns out the son said...
  10. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    I learned that watching a swarm descend upon my garden on a sunny spring day can turn into an obsession. First year Beek and find the Forum priceless.
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    Re: Uh Oh, the heat is on . . .

    I'm new at this, but with the low relative humidity in your location, what about setting up an "Arizona Mister" nearby such that it provides local cooling? Not too close to where it soaks down the...
  12. U[pdate: NewBee Intro - How long to wait until transfer?

    I transfered the two bait hives and all went well as could hope for. The 20 ft move went off without a hitch. The 100 yard move took a bit more effort to get the lost foragers back to the hive. ...
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    Will they forgive me?

    Transferred a Top Bar bait hive three weeks after capturing the swarm. I was surprised at how much they had built up, brood, pollen, honey, etc. It was messy ("the horror, the horror"), quite a bit...
  14. Re: Is there a best time of day to retrieve a swarm?

    I should note that this is an "established" swarm having been resident in a palm tree for over three weeks. This makes me think that they are not just resting or waiting for scouts, but are more...
  15. Is there a best time of day to retrieve a swarm?

    Need a quick response on this query. Is there a best time of day to retrieve a swarm? Late afternoon (an hour before dusk) to allow all the foragers to make it back?
  16. Is there a best time of day to retrieve a swarm?

    Is there a best time of day to retrieve a swarm? Late afternoon (an hour before dusk) to allow all the foragers to make it back?
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    Re: Catching a swarm from your own hive

    They are currently in a large, out-of-the-way birdhouse that I am not prepared to take apart. Ultimately I might want to retrieve the birdhouse, take it apart, and mount the existing hive combs in...
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    Re: Catching a swarm from your own hive

    Thanks for the feedback. The existing hive is feral and I don't have access to the interior, hence the question about possibly catching the beard pre-swarm. When a swarm happens, do they...
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    Catching a swarm from your own hive

    Is there a trick to catching a swarm coming from your own hives... for example the placement of a bait hive relative to the swarming colony? I've got a (calm) ferel hive that I opted to leave in...
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    newbee question - relocating bait hives

    I'm new at this. I put up some bait hives and attracted some swarms. last night (after approx 2 weeks) I moved one of the bait hives w/ swarm to my "bee yard" approx 200 yards away. Today I saw a...
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    Re: Your Most Successful Swarm Trap Location

    I recently built five top bar bait hives. I strategically set them where I believed they would be most successful. The first few were in "choice" spots. The last one was an afterthought..I just...
  22. Re: NewBee Intro - How long to wait until transfer?

    The Bait Hive bars will transfer. Being new, I cannot fully appreciate how quickly bees can build comb. Three days? Wow. Better bust out the bee suit for this weekend.
  23. NewBee Intro - How long to wait until transfer?

    Just starting out. Had two swarms descend on my Escondido, CA garden. Built two 4-foot TBH units in the hopes of keeping them on the property. The tree ball left before I could get them, the other...
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