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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Zip 35811 Madison County Alabama. 80+ degrees partly sunny, 3/15/12 (swarmed around Noon) and first one of season. Lit in there usual spot just above the hive in a Tulip Popular. Got lucky with the first bucket bump. Placed in two mediums (couple of drawn comb and the rest no foundation) It's been an hour and they are still stuffing themselves in. Plan on moving them tonight then feed sugar water. (2/1)

    BTW, I"m new at this, 2nd year, does this all sound correct?

    Would you wait till they draw out the foundation before adding another super?

    -Ricky
    Last edited by Supertad; 03-15-2012 at 02:21 PM. Reason: Left of time.

  2. #42
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    36263 east central alabama 3 /19 landed in top of Tulip Popular stayed 24 hours and away they went, at least im helping restock our wild population that had died off.

  3. #43
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    Large swarm (filled a deep) in downtown Madison, Alabama (35758) 17Mar2012.

    Shipping cage size swarm, one of my own, in Harvest, Alabama (35757) 25Mar2012.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
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  4. #44
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    Collected a medium size swarm last night at Decatur General Hospital in Decatur, Alabama. They were next to the Kitchen entrance from the south west parking lot.
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  5. #45
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    Picked up a very large swarm in Madison, AL (35757) just off of Douglas Road and Indian Creek yesterday.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
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  6. #46
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    I caught my first swarm of the year March 28, 2012 in my back yard here at Piedmont, Alabama. It was a fairly large swarm and the little girls ate me up. I've captured a lot of swarm over the years and these were the most aggresive ever. I got stung approxamately 30 times. I don't know why they were so mean during a swarm. I will requeen the if they don't settle down.

  7. #47
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    Collected a Package size swarm in Madison, Alabama.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

  8. #48
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    scottsboro al, 35768, Easter sunday, caught 'em in a trap.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  9. #49
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    front yard swarm.jpgswarm in nuc box.jpgcaught a swarm in front yard, believe it was from feral hive in oak tree in my yard. swarm captured on 5/6/12 @ fosters,alabama,tuscaloosa county,35463. weather was clear skies mid 80's
    Last edited by chip.gotro; 05-20-2012 at 06:44 AM.

  10. #50
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    Default Alabama

    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    came home from work to find a small swarm in one of my traps, possibly a supercedure swarm from one of my hives. this is the first one i am aware of in my area.
    inspected the caught swarm today (day 5 after capture), and found only a little over two frames of bees with a queen, eggs, and some just hatched larvae. took them out of the 10 frame box and put them into a five frame box. if it thrives, i'll harvest some brood out of it to build up numbers in any other hives that swarm. the queen may come in handy too if she is any good.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  11. #51
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    another small one today.

    scottsboro, al.

    35768
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  12. #52
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    Caught an 5-8 lb swarm this morning. It was a big one! They wouldn't fit in a Nuc box so I had to put them in a 10frame deep. The original colony must have been a monster.

    July 13, 2013. Quite nice for July, around 88 degrees. It's been raining a lot here for last two weeks.

  13. #53
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    September 2, 2013 in Northwest Alabama.

    One of my hives swarmed Monday just after noon and I saw it. Large cluster (football, at least) landed in low branch of small tree 10' from hive. I grabbed nuc and caught the swarm. I now have 3 hives. Just posted a question in Swarm category because I'm a new beekeeper and want to make sure I'm handling all 3 hives correctly.

    The hive that swarmed is still strong, in terms of sheer number of bees.

  14. #54
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    September 13, 2013. Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223. A swarm on the ground about 15 yards in front of my back yard hives. The pile was about 12 inches in diameter.

    IMG_1339.jpg

    I looked through the pile and found a marked queen from my strongest hive. I scooped her up and set up a nuc with the caged queen inside. The workers, who by then were congregating on the leg of a nearby sawhorse, marched into the hive.

    IMG_1345.jpg

    I released the queen two days later. I'm feeding the colony syrup and waiting for some pollen to be brought in before another inspection.
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  15. #55
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    04/19/2014

    scottsboro, al 35768

    swarm issued from longest running colony (five years), caught and soon to belong to flatrockboy.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  16. #56
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    Default Re: First Wild Swarm

    yesterday's first swarm of the year was followed by #2 and #3 today. i managed to coax one of them into a box, but the other one didn't stick around long enough to catch.

    scottsboro, al
    35768
    1400' asl

    coincidantly, the first swarm of 2012 happened on Easter Sunday.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  17. #57

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    I have two hives in my peach orchard that have swarmed 5 times since 3/29/14 including one yesterday. Luckily, they all stop temporarily on one of the peach trees which has allowed us to catch them all. My friend says I should split the hives, but for now letting them do their thing naturally and then putting the muntineers in new hives seems to be working pretty good. But, he's probably right. Next year, though, as some folks have also suggested, I think I'll reverse the brood boxes early on to hopefully minimize the swarming.

    swarm-5-2.jpg
    Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 12 small cell hives!!

  18. #58
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    Got our 1st,4-21-14 Easter,
    35121,

  19. #59
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    4/24. 4/25. 4/26 and 4/27

  20. #60
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    Pensacola FL. Downtown area. Buddy posted his beek friend over there was called to pick up a swarm. It was a large one, pic looked like it might have been about 2 basketballs in size!

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