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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    OdFrank, the vid was awesome, thanks for sharing that. You sir are the Obi Wan Kenobi of the swarm trap.
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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    UPDATE: Just hived swarm trap #10 on Saturday and that makes 10 for 10! I did have 1 trap that did not catch a swarm but also 1 trap that caught 2 swarms about 3 weeks apart.
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    Re: Great year for swarms

    Wow. 2nd year and no messing around, sounds like he's at least got the swarm trapping thing down.
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    Re: Great year for swarms

    Crazy year here in SW Ohio as well. First week in April I put out 10 traps and just hived the 9th swarm this morning (each from a different trap). These are spread out but all within the same 40...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

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    5/26/16- Hived another trapped swarm this morning.
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    Re: I slopped paint on the queen's eye

    This was a trapped swarm that was hived a week earlier. They were just getting started.
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    Re: I slopped paint on the queen's eye

    UPDATE: Checked back in on Saturday and things have taken a turn...
    The bad news is they must have thought she was a one eyed bandit because she is nowhere to be found, they either killed her or...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

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    5/21- trapped swarm
    5/22- trapped swarm
    This makes 8 swarms from 10 traps

    A friend beek a few miles away reported he had no bees but 4 empty hive bodies going into spring, each now has a...
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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    It is so hard to tell because they've both worked really well to attract swarms and there are so many factors and not a good way for me to do a scientific study. That said, I'll probably buy more SC...
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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    UPDATE: 3 more trapped swarms makes 7/10 with some swarm season left... Need to build some more equipment and the only drawn comb I have is what's left in the traps!
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Me too. I've been busy building frames but the only drawn comb I have is what's left is in the remaining swarm traps!



    Makes sense
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Indeed. Looking back, this year we began seeing significant amounts of pollen coming into the hives starting on on Feb 20th which coincided with the 34 growing degrees days needed for the silver...
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    Re: caught swarm!

    Buying package bees is a lot like gambling, except you lose every time. Welcome to the bee fishing club where trapping swarms is an addiction!
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

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    5/12- captured swarm about 7 feet off the ground in a pine tree.
    5/12- small trapped swarm
    5/13- medium sized trapped swarm.
    So far hived 7 swarms this year, all have stayed put. It's...
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    Re: finally! some true feral genetics.

    To each his own I guess, but in this case the only thing that's truly "proven" is the survivability of tree colony. The prize is finally having the opportunity to gain a feral swarm off a 5 year bee...
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    Re: I slopped paint on the queen's eye

    Thanks everyone for the replies, I feel a lot better!
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    Re: finally! some true feral genetics.

    Congrats on the big score Harley! I've often wondered if some of my trapped swarms might be from feral colonies. It leaves you scratching your head as to why someone would want to requeen a colony of...
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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Last year caught 2 swarms from 5 traps on LGO. So far this year caught 4 swarms out of 10 traps on LGO so batting .400. Not bad but I'm now taking my swarm trapping to the next level! Just got my...
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    I slopped paint on the queen's eye

    Man I'm really PO'd at myself over this one. Yeah, I've marked many queens successfully but this time got a little careless and got paint on her head and over one of her eyes. I expect this will...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/8/16 Bethel, OH 45106
    Trapped swarm. 4th of the year so far.
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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    Okay, that's it, I've seen enough, against my better judgement I just went to the website to fork out the 30 bucks for the 2 oz swarm commander bee perfume. I've been getting 30-40% returns on my...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/1/16 Bethel, OH 45106
    Trapped swarm
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    4/28/16 Bethel, OH 45106
    Trapped swarm
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    Re: God gave me an answer

    It was probably just a "godincidence"
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    Re: Ever have this happen??!!

    For what it's worth, this particular queen was from a swarm captured last year.
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