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  1. #741
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    First 2 Swarms Today

    1 in Varina, Virginia (23231)
    1 in the West End of Richmond, Virginia (23238)

  2. #742
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm on Saturday, April 2, 2011, probably from my hive #1 near Lamont, FL. I saw it clustered in the tree above my bee yard.

    Then, on Sunday, April 3, 2011, the swarm cluster was gone, but I saw another swarm cluster on the same tree but on the other side and on a higher branch...unless it was the same swarm that just moved from one spot to the other. If it was indeed a second swarm, it probably came from my hive #2 which is the second strongest. Both Saturday and Sunday were warm sunny days following a dreary week of rain.

    beecuz

  3. #743
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    Found a 5th swarm, this afternoon, from my original 3 boxes. So far from 3 hives, I've got 2 splits and 5 swarms and 3 nucs from queen cells. Did a spit about a month ago by placing one of the two supers (from one hive) in the opposite direction (and ensuring it had a queen cell. Should have put the queen in that box...they say.) Anyways, I found the new queen in the split today.

    Placed today's swarm on top of a hive that has become weak by placing paper, from foundation inserts, between the hive and new swarm. Now I will watch and see.

    I think it's time for the bees to start making honey and not queens!

  4. #744
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    Got my first swarm call of the season yesterday late afternoon. We were still in the midst of that bad storm that had been raging since early afternoon. Swarm was in a magnolia tree about 6' up per the owner. They had a huge tree down from the storm. Took me forever to get there because most of the traffic lights were not working. By the time I got there it was dark, still raining and cold.

    Wonder why people always say something is about 6' feet off the ground. Guess it's just a nice round number. This swarm was every bit of 10' off the ground and huge. Hard to judge in the dark and raining and this swarm was really hunkered down tight.

    They started to fall to the ground in clumps and go "plump" when they hit the ground. Put the nuc out hoping they would go in. Finally got a bucket and got the rest of them on 2 tries dumping them in the nuc. Actually it was a 5-frame high nuc with a 2nd 5-frame with only 3 frames in it.

    Could easily have been 7 or more pounds of bees. Put on gloves and started scooping up the bees that were still on the wet ground and dumping them into the top. Strapped the 2 boxes down tight, covered with a sheet and magnolia leaves and left it there for the night.

    Went back this AM and all was well. Plenty of bees in the nuc and probably a 1000 or so dead on the ground from the rain and cold. Brought it home and set it up. By this afternoon they were really flying around and getting orientated.

    That was 2 80 mile round trips. At 15 mpg that was expensive but still a lot cheaper than purchasing a nuc or package.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  5. #745
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    Mid-sized swarm today, 4/5 - Varina, Virginia 23231

  6. #746
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    Default First Swarm of the Season 4-3-2011 Sparta, TN 38583

    I was looking out the front window....had a med/full dead out sitting on a pallet in view...watched the swarm come across the pasture and into the box they went. I went through the 17 hives near the west pasture...one box with a poor pattern and new queen cells... the swarm didn't come from my hives...and too far from my next closest yard... :-)

  7. #747
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    One of my hives swarmed today. Jacksonville, NC 28546. Called fellow beekeeper who came and got it.

  8. #748
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    Got a call for another swarm on the same limb in the same tree that I captured a swarm on Monday night.

    Small swarm, about the size of a large softball.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  9. #749
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    One of my nucs I started last july and one of my uncle's hives swarmed yesterday. Manchester, Kentucky 40962

  10. #750
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    Two last week, 4/3 and 4/6 (one mine) 23456, (virginia beach Va)
    I'm like the weatherman- right about half of the time.

  11. #751
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    37129 Murfreesboro, TN
    Caught a swarm in a bait hive yesterday, 4/7. Don't know how big it is, but the box looks full. I'll transfer them tomorrow.

  12. #752
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    2 Swarms today this morning 10am ish Apr 8 2011

    Both swarms min of 4 Lbs each, cut out of tree limbs within 500 ft of hive's.
    Both on "Honey Super Cell" and Pierco full drawn out comb with a little honey left in it.
    checked on them this afternoon and they both were Orientating in front

    Steve
    Steve C.

  13. #753
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    Swarms 3 & 4 (All since Monday):

    4/8: Got call near dark about a swarm. Hived it that night in a nuc. Really not sure how large the swarm was but I doubt it was over 2 pounds. Brought it home 4/9 AM.

    4/9: Got call around 6:30PM about a large swarm 38 miles away. Was dark by the time most of the bees were in the hive. Left hive there to get the rest of the bees that were around the box or on the ground below where the swarm was located on a bush. Swarm could have been 7 pounds or more. There were a lot of bees. Will go back tomorrow after church, seal off entrance and bring back the hived swarm.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  14. #754
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    Near Tours in France. Had first swarm at 4 pm today. We no sooner got it and hived it when another swarm issued from a second hive. I've just finished hiving that after mega trouble and their constantly going higher into a hedge of brambles and hawthorn. (You can go off bees sometimes!) The second swarm was one of the largest I've ever caught, which leads me to my question.
    Last Wednesday I decided to reduce the number of stocks we had as we had seven and only wanted three or four. We united several of them using the newspaper method.
    When we went through them on Wednesday (not all of them) there was a lot of sealed brood, relatively few eggs and open brood, and no sign of queen cells in the stocks we examined.
    As I normally unite stocks later in the season, could it be that uniting them (I didn't destroy either queen) has simply forced them into swarming with one of the queens? I'd assumed the queens would simply fight it out and only one remain.
    These are second generation Carniolans (x with French mongrel blacks) and very swarmy most seasons, but super prolific and good at wintering.

  15. #755
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    4/10: Brought home swarm (#4) from Spring Hill, TN. Got almost all of the bees. Screened off the entrance and then sprayed SW/HBH on entrance and bees at entrance. Waited a little while and then sprayed again as there were a lot more bees at entrance. Covered hive with sheet underneath hive which captured almost all of the bees. Brought hive home.

    4/10: Swarm #5. On the way back from Spring Hill got a call for a large swarm in Nashville. Took hive home, released the bees, repacked with new equipment and sheet and headed out. Bees left just before I got there. We found them across the street in a dogwood tree. At least 5 to 7 pounds. Sheet, hive, SS/HBH, and shake. After a few more shakes and scoops put on IC. Later OC. After OC wasn't long before most bees were hived. Sealed entrance, SW/HBH, wrapped with sheet, cinched up hive, put in truck and took to a farm. No worse for the wear.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  16. #756
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    Got two calls from Spartanburg, SC yesterday both were gone before I returned the calls.

  17. #757
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    Swarm with about 4 lbs of bees today on a cedar (they almost always are in cedars around here). Varina, Virginia 23231

  18. #758
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    Western NC My largest hive swarmed april 10. 11 days ago there were NO queen cells. I was supposed to go through them after I ran an errand. husband called while I was out and told me they were swarming.

    12 ft up in a norway spruce with wild rose brambles throughout. thanks, girls.
    I learned to climb a ladder with a chainsaw in a bee suit.

    They were about 2.5 basketballs worth. I only had a top bar hive around, so that is where they are.

    NOW I understand the difference between swarm cells and seeing queen cells. They did have a weird pattern of laying going on and didn't know what that meant.

  19. #759
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    8 April 2001 - Decatur, Alabama. I arrived just in time to see them leave.

    10 April 2001 - Harvest, Alabama. Caught my own swarm. Now I have another colony.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

  20. #760
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    TBH swarmed 4/10. They were bearding and I was watching. Video taped liftoff and then taped them landing in a pine tree 15 away. Shook in a box and put them in another hive. They are their own next door neighbors two hours later. About four pounds of bees.

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