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  1. #61
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    Default Swarms

    I got two swarms on 6-6 and a good size swarm yesterday. I heard the queen pipng in the hive the night before so I was watching out for the swarm issuance!

  2. #62
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    A late good one 6/15 -95030. This was from a bait swarm I caught on 3/11, it had partially filled a deep, partially filled half a medium honey super, had an empty above that. Only had two queen cells. Now there's a crummy strain of bees if you ask me. Two gardeners who had never worked bees caught it from a 15' high tree limb into a cardboard box following my instructions over the phone. Let's hear if for the Bob and Salvo, the heroic bee luvin' gardeners of Monte Sereno.

  3. #63
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    Pflugerville Texas
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    Lesson learned,

    Tuesday, 6-12, went and took down an owl house a gentleman had built and placed about 15' in a tree, he said the bees had been there about a week. Gently took it down and put it in the back of my truck, was going to take them out Wed. When I opened it up the next day, i found that the comb had fallen crushing many of the bees. I couldn't find the queen, but I gave them a frame of brood, and will check them next week. If I can't find eggs, I'll pull the queen cells and combine them with a weaker colony.

    Mark

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    Last edited by MGaddy; 06-16-2007 at 06:27 PM. Reason: added zip

  4. #64
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    Mar 2005
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    Chittenango,Ny (upstate)
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    4 bait hives caught swarms this week. Also had a swarm come to another but left. The plywood top had warped and I think to much light was let in. First time that has happened to me.

  5. #65

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    6/16/07 10:30 am low 70's
    very large swarm in my own yard
    lured to bait hive 6/17/07 5:20 pm
    04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

  6. #66
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    Round Top, New York - Northern Catskill Mtns.
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    Round Top, NY 12473
    Today
    Swarm moved into an empty pile of hive bodies.

  7. #67
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    Liberty Hill, TX, USA
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    Swarm on April 15th. Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. This was from one of my hives.

  8. #68
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    3 swarms on April 21st. Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. These were from my hives. Evidently I'm sufffering from the opposite of CCD - Would that be Colony Expand Disorder? I managed to hive two of these three.

  9. #69
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    El Dorado County, CA
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    95684-probably my hive. weighed in at 1 3/4 pounds.
    all that is gold does not glitter

  10. #70
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    Feb 2007
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    Willington, CT USA
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    Default sure enough

    my bees swarmed today: June 22 Willington Ct. Weather was mid 70's sunny with passing showers.

  11. #71
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    Jun 2007
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    mineral county,Montana USA
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    my bees swarmed today and i think i caught them.june 22nd western montana.its been in the hi 80's lower 90's.really dry for this time of year.another bad fire season?

  12. #72
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    Jun 2006
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    East TENNESSEE
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    Default swarm date 05/19

    My only swarm this year so far was on 05/19, I had an old hive out and they went right to it.

  13. #73
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    95667- question whether the swarm was my bees. very dark queen and bees and hive inspections didn't show any queens missing. 6/22 swarm may not of been mine either.
    all that is gold does not glitter

  14. #74
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    Williston, NC, USA
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    I'm disgusted. Checkerboarded on 2/28. Caught someone else's swarm on 3/27. Checkerboarded again on 4/2. 2 swarms issued on 4/21. hived them. 5/29 another swarm. Hived them, but they left. 6/1 checkerboarded again.
    6/8, 6/12, 6/19, 6/21, 6/24 and today, 6/28 all swarms which either settled 50' up or flew into the woods. Nine bloody swarms this year! Checkerboarding has always worked for me in the past--I've had only one swarm in the past three years and that was the one I hadn't checkerboarded. It wouldn't be so bad if I had been able to retrieve them and I wouldn't mind if I thought they'd make it on their own. But between the county mosquito spray truck and the people around here who just love their insecticides. . .Breaks my heart.

  15. #75
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    Agra, OK USA
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    Swarm call 7:45 last night 6/27 got the swarm this morning 6/28 about 8 am cloudy and started to rain about 2 minutes after I finally got them boxed and loaded up. . .
    Prague, OK 74864
    Nice big (I think)swarm! They came from a tree about 10 yards from where they swarmed at. Still several in/out of the tree so hopefully we'll get another swarm from them next year (nice cause it's in my in-laws yard) this is the 3rd year they've had a swarm there but this is the first year we've been bee farming. . .
    Here's a Linkto the pics if interested.

  16. #76
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    small swarm-95667
    all that is gold does not glitter

  17. #77
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    Hays, Kansas, USA
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    Four swarm calls this year- Central Kansas. May 7, May 11, May 28, June 10. Had one in between the middle May dates that I missed- they had already left before my arrival. I'd call them all 'average' in size. They all seem to be doing well after being hived.

  18. #78

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    Swarm call from local new beekeeper 10:15 am (swarm from nuc installed approx 5/25/07). 10:45 am when I arrived swarm had moved to unknown location.
    zip code 04102
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

  19. #79
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    Apr 2004
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    Stronghurst,Illinois
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    Default Hiving one today 7/8/07

    Went on a swarm call today 7/8/07 was a large swarm but probably be a honey eater if the big boys saying holds true .

    Drifter
    Some can learn by others mistakes , others have to whizz on the electric fence for themslves .

  20. #80
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    Sep 2006
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    Woodinville, Washington
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    Picked up a swarm Saturday 7-7-2007, and caught one of my own today 7-10-07, 70's on Saturday, and low 90's today.

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