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    Re: Swarm surprise

    You need those remaining 7 frames in the hive NOW!!! Chances are, the swarm is clinging to the top cover and making comb.
    Suit up, jar the lid before opening it to dislodge the swarm from the top...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Reynoldsville, PA 15851 on Sunday June 14th.

    Got called to a swarm on a bush - the bottom of the swarm was touching the ground. I picked the branch up, slid the hive under it and jolted the...
  3. Re: New BeeKeeper Starting with Cutout

    I guess that is one way to start beekeeping, although I would prefer to have some beekeeping experience first.

    You do realize most bee removals require working at heights - a first story roof if...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Brookville, PA 15825

    Received a swarm call this afternoon. I got there to find a medium sized swarm - probably about 2 1/2 - 3 pounds hanging on a bush about 3' off the ground.

    Put the hive...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Didn't happen today - but several weeks ago our bee club was offering Carnolian queen cells - several people were placing an order for queen cells so wanted to include everyone if they wanted any.
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  6. Re: Literature to appease concerns about a hotel rooftop hive?

    How many stories high is the hotel? Are there balconies to the hotel - or the classic - can't even open a window - just run the heat or air conditioning?

    As long as there are no balconies...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Summerville, PA 15864

    I was looking at the bees today, and noticed quite a few bees flying around checking out a dead out. There were only two frames left - I had taken the others out so there no...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Reynoldsville, PA 15851

    About two weeks ago, a man called me about bees in a house he was tearing down. He said comb was exposed and easy to get to. The comb was there but no bees - apparently...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I stopped after work to check out the swarm and see how high it was in the tree. I knocked on the door of the people to show me where the swarm was and we went out "They aren't there now."

    I had...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Received my 2nd for the season swarm call from people who have a bee tree near their house. I always have a bait trap out and last year they moved in and produced very well.

    It seems this swarm...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My first swarm call of the season!!!!! Knoxdale, PA

    Good sized swarm about 5' high in a bush.
    Put them into a hive and then went back tonight to pick it up.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Finally, a swarm in Pennsylvania.

    Lastnight on the news, they mentioned about a swarm of bees on (ironically enough) B Street!!!

    This was either in Altoona or Johnstown.

    Maybe I will start...
  13. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    No swarms around here that I've heard of. In fact, I haven't heard of ANY swarms in Pennsylvania yet. The closest I've seen is Ohio.
  14. Re: My swarm is now in a bee tree

    I agree with Cleo, leave them alone and just keep swarm traps out in the area - you will have a constant supply of new swarms.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Any one from Pennsylvania hear of any swarms yet?

    Our dandelions just really started blooming earlier this week and this weekend and next week it is to be hot and humid - so I would think at...
  16. Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    I have to agree with Michael Palmer - so all the swarms that go feral (not kept by beekeepers and not in movable frames) are all inferior?

    By those standards - apparently any feral bees out...
  17. Re: Swarms: pheromones, lay lines, weather conditions, oddities, and unique occurence

    I would think the reason there are still bees there, are swarms. Back in the day when your great, great grandfather lived, beekeepers didn't always keep their hives from swarming.

    Since swarms...
  18. Re: I think my hive swarmed - when can I open it up to check?

    I would be very surprised if your hive swarmed and moved into a box close to their old hive.

    Most times, swarms will make a new home quite aways away from the original hive. Nature has made them...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Cheap, huh? Do a Google for "Cardboard box swarm trap".

    I saw this on the internet and thought "Can't get much cheaper than free."

    Working in an office environment, I can get all the paper...
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    Re: Fantastic phone call

    Glad that it's a win / win for both of you!

    Check just how bad the hives are - strength wise. If the hives are dryrotted / rotten, trying to strap them together will just result in more of a...
  21. Re: Is this normal? First complete hive check since November

    Yes, sadly that is normal - bees die throughout the winter and accumulate at the bottom - this is one very good reason to have a small entrance above the bees - not only does it help with moisture,...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    I think if bees are flying by and "smell" either old comb or some kind of scent - lemongrass oil / queen juice they will stop to investigate.

    But as for them seeking new homes all the time? No. ...
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    Re: Scout Bees

    I think if bees are flying by and "smell" either old comb or some kind of scent - lemongrass oil / queen juice they will stop to investigate.

    But as for them seeking new homes all the time? No. ...
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    Re: Pinch or keep?

    I say "Pinch her". There are several holes she missed!!

    Get some daughters from her and see if they are great layers too. Very nice.
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    Re: So..what happened?

    I think at one time or another, all beekeepers have had this happen. My guess would be be between the time they went into the hive, quite a few scouts had come back from hunting their prime site and...
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