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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

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    Swarm on April 15th. Liberty Hill, Texas 78642. This was from one of my hives.

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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.

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    03-02-07 Zip 75672
    Several big prime swarms that week from my hives that week. Caught me off gard!

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    One swarm on Feb. 13. It was gone before I got there but was described as "big as a basketball". Not sure.

    Another swarm on Feb. 19. Probably a little bigger than a large grapefruit. I put it in a box with drawn frames. We'll see if it make it.

    Location is south central Texas. 90 miles North West of Houston. Zip is 77833.

    Weather has been 65 during the day and 42 at night.

    Beautiful weather.

    Fuzzybeekeeper
    Last edited by fuzzybeekeeper; 02-21-2008 at 08:49 AM.

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    75403 on 4/03/08. nice swarm about basketball sized, leading edge of a storm front after a fair week. Another reported on Monday, 4/7 but I didn't go for it.

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    Swarm yesterday, small, about volleyball sized. Hard freeze/frost yesterday morning, but bluebird weather otherwise. 75402. Picked them up today.

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    Zip 77561 -Picked up a swarm yesterday in a Friends Tree

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    I posted about this under "Swarm Removal," but now they've moved on.

    Location: northeast Dallas, Texas; suburban neighborhood; football sized swarm on branch of a short crepe myrtle (which I moved to my porch prior to a strong stormfront coming through).
    Weather: mostly warm & sunny, 70s-80s, except rain/hail/high winds on night of 17 April 08.
    Origin of swarm: unknown, perhaps a creek bottom 1/2 mile away.
    Dates: swarm arrived 14 April 08, left 20 April 08.

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    While working my bees yesterday I had a call from a friend about a mile away about a swarm on a post. Turns out to be about a 3 lb. swarm on a cross-piece between two posts. I set my box under them and knocked them in. Fifteen minutes later I was on my way home. Since I was already suited up and had everything in the car, it was literally 45 minutes from the phone call until they were in their new home. I don't think I will ever have an easier capture.

    Unknown source. Three lb. swarm. 4 p.m. Mild weather following 4 days of sunshine. 77833

    Fuzzybeekeeper

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    date: 5-7-2008
    weather: clear and warm - in the 80s
    location: Liberty Hill, Texas
    zip: 78642

    This swarm was from one of my hives. I requeened in early April, but my check a week later showed they had other ideas. I found the queen released, but they had also started building queen cells. I let them decide what was best. I happened to see this swarm emerge (was kinda hoping I could pretend it never happened). I did some other work and gave them time to fly away or settle. They settled on a branch just across the trail from my hives. I was able to hive them with a frame of brood. This afternoon I'll see if they decided to stay.

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    I have had two swarms. 3/15/09 in Ben Wheeler, TX 75754, Sunny Calm, 75F
    4/5/09 in Wills Point, TX 75163, cold front moving in, winds 20-30 mph, 42F

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    Quote Originally Posted by lupester View Post
    I have multiple exterminators and one city animal control on the lookout for me in the D/FW area but I have not heard of any swarms. Is our cool weather at night holding the bees from swarming. Anyone in DFW seeing swarms? Any education would be appreciated.
    I have caught 3. All in the last 10 days.
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    one large swarm 5/17

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    May 16 Saturday afternoon Clifton Texas 76634zip 82 degrees .Size of a Football and I missed gettin em as usual .
    If Grasshoppers Carried Shotguns ,the Birds wouldn't Mess With Them !

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    First year bee keeper. Had first ever swarm today (June 14).
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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    Thanks for calling, today, 911!
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Use Titebond II glue, it has the same characteristics of regular white glue, but is almost waterproof, by test. I have been using it in wooden boat building, and use it in the construction of supers.

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    8/10, Monday evening, I found another small swarm, about 1o feet from my hives. I collected them, and put them in a nuc. That's the third swarm I have collected this year, and all of them were only about 1/2 - 3/4 pound of bees. All small. Looks like a sugar feeding winter ahead.

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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Hived a watermelon-sized swarm today. It was at a farmstead west of Panhandle, Texas. It was hanging on a fertilizer tank.
    Last edited by Jim Ray; 09-01-2009 at 06:13 PM.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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