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  1. #1
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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 07:27 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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    21 Feb. 2011

    First swarm of 2011 for me. First cut out of the year, too.

    Here we go.

    Summer
    Last edited by summer1052; 02-21-2011 at 08:52 PM. Reason: computer hiccup

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    Woohoo! Captured my first swarm of the season yesterday 3/25 in Houston at the airport. It was a big one. I placed them in a 5 frame nuc with a frame that had fresh eggs, honey and pollen and 4 empty frames. We'll see if they stick around-

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    Friday, 25 March 2011

    77964, Lavaca County, TX

    Two swarms today, one of them huge! Could almost be counted as three swarms!

    Spring is here!

    Summer

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    Angelina County, Texas
    They did not like the neighborhood. Packed up and left March 26 about 5pm. I had a trap baited with a lure, they never even looked at it. As someome said, bees will be bees.

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    75645 4-08-11 Cell Builder Swarmed.
    At our club meeting last night we had about 45 swarms reported since the last meeting.

    mike
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    Nacogdoches TEXAS

    april 7 , 8


    swarm each day one on christmas tree at christmas tree farm next on fence post it was 2 miles from my house so could be one of mine

    Dave

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    April 2, 2011: Captured first swarm of the year. In Canyon, TX. Could see that bees were coming and going from a nearby bird house, and that the woodduck-sized hole was nearly sealed up from wax.

    The swarm was 20 high and basketball sized. In Siberian elm. The resident sawed the limb and the bees came slamming to the ground. I placed the cardboard box nuc, there, and they filed in.
    Canyon, Texas (Near Amarillo in the Panhandle).
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    Captured a very large swarm in Houston at the airport on 4/11/11

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    two swarm calls today 04-18-2011
    weatherford Texas 76086
    Last edited by Jaseemtp; 04-19-2011 at 11:40 PM.
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