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  1. #1
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    I'm out in the bee yard hiving a swarm I got from a friend when the activity around the hive to my right steadily increases. Next thing I know the air is full of bees (what an awesome sight). I walked to a place where I could watch from the shade and see where they land, about 10 feet away and 10 feet up an apple tree. Now comes the good part, I got nothing to catch a swarm with and my fellow beekeepers are at work. I find a wooden fence pole and screw a square plastic container to it. Then I grab an old military foot locker and make a quick TBH. I get the ladder and move everything into place. Right about now my father-in-law comes home from work, he always wants to help with the bees but he won’t admit he’s getting hooked. He sees the ladder and shakes his head I know it’s not going to fall but he is a skeptic and insists on holding it just to be safe (He only speaks German and I speak Germglish). The ladder is right under the swarm so up I go home made catcher in hand. I look down and think this is not a good place for him to stand, but everything I read said bees in a swarm can’t sting due to a full honey stomach. I shook the branch and got most of them except for the soft ball size bunch that hit him, So much for ladder safety I have never seen him run let alone that fast, he only took one sting. I got harassed all the way down the ladder and stung twice through my gloves.
    I missed the fine print that said “not all the bees in a swarm will gorge themselves there will be guards.” We ended up with the whole swarm a couple of hours later only a handful was hanging out on the front. I will post some pics tomorrow. My wife shot the video she said we could have won the 30,000 but I didn’t fall out of the tree, I told her I’ll try harder next time. All in all I really enjoyed the experience.
    Procrastination is the assassination of inspiration.
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    So, I guess the next question is: Has your father-in-law forgiven you and the bees?
    I smile like this because I have no idea what I\'m doing :-)

  3. #3
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    He forgave the bee right away and helped clean all the equipment up. He cares about all living things. The other day I put a bucket with some honey left over out near the wood house, he came in yelling that there are 5 bees stuck in the honey so I had to go out and rescue them.
    Procrastination is the assassination of inspiration.
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  4. #4
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    Sounds like a very cool father in law to have.
    Good luck w/ that swarm !
    I smile like this because I have no idea what I\'m doing :-)

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