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  1. #601
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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.

  2. #602
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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.

  3. #603
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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

  4. #604
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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.

  5. #605
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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

  6. #606
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    Got two calls from Spartanburg, SC yesterday both were gone before I returned the calls.

  7. #607
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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

  8. #608
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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.

  9. #609
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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

  10. #610
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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.

  11. #611
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    Had 2 calls for swarms.

    One 45 miles away. Very few bees still there but the back of my truck which was parked some distance away was full of bees when I moved it closer to the swarm spot. Left an 8-frame nuc there just in case as a lot of bees were coming and going from several directions.

    The other in town. But bees weren't swarming, they were orientating at the entrance to the outside wall which was stone (veneer?).
    De Colores,
    Ken

  12. #612
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    ~ 4lb swarm, 70 degrees, breezy, sunny and beautiful day. 1st swarm of season that I know of for my apiaries.
    Hughes Honey Apiary
    http://www.hugheshoney.com

  13. #613
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    Swarm #6: Nashville TN Clear, rained previous night.

    Received call mid-morning about a swarm at an auto auction company. Bees were no longer there but could see some flying around. Especially on top of roof. Got up on the metal roof and looked around. Prior to going up setup a 5-frame nuc with all frames sprayed with SW/HBH where bees were located earlier. Kept seeing bees flying around but no swarm. Started seeing a large group of bees further down the building roof. Brought up nuc and set on roof not far from where I got up. Walked back over and saw a more bees flying and about 15-20 bees on the roof. Brought nuc over next to group of bees. Found queen and put her in the box. Bee immediately started coming to nuc. Went back to get top. When I got back a lot more bees. Put on top and then left roof to drive around to other side of huge building which was much closer to the nuc. By the time I got back up from the other side the hive was covered with bees. Sprayed some of the on the front with SW/HBH and they started going into box. Waited at least 30 minutes and most of the swarm was either in or on the nuc. Put down a sheet and moved the nuc back onto it. Bees started moving to nuc there. Waited maybe 10 minutes then I took the ends of the sheet and gathered them up at the top of the nuc. Carried sheeted nuc down ladder and put in back of truck with sheet in place. Brought home and set down nuc at location and pulled back sheet. Bees seemed to be fine later in the evening. Unsure of exact amount of bees but at least 3#. Persistance......
    De Colores,
    Ken

  14. #614
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    Swarm #7: Hermitage TN, Clear & cool on 4/14.

    4/13: Received a call late evening. Told him bees would not leave tree this late in the day. Will come early tomorrow and get the swarm. Said bees had probably been there for at least a day. 4/14: Swarm was much larger than I expected. Started about 4" from bottom of the tree and went up 2 feet or better all the way around the tree and on to the branches. Probably close to 10# of bees. Put down sheet, with 8-fram box under the hive as close as I could to the largest section of the swarm. Already sprayed the frames with SW/HBH. Sprayed the bees tool. Started scraping them off onto the box and in front of the box. Took me over an hour to finally get at least 98% of the bees into the hive. Pruned limbs on tree as I went because homeowner told me last night that the tree didn't grow very well. Pruning helped me get to the bees and allowed me to scrap and brush off the bees onto the hive and sheet. Putting IC and then later OC on really increased the amt of bees that went into the hive. Finally stapled the entrance shut and waited for more bees to congregate at entrance or on sheet. Folded sheet up and strapped down hive with sheet around it and brought it home. Removed sheet which had a lot of bees and the screen from the entrance. Bees seem to be doing fine.
    De Colores,
    Ken

  15. #615
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    First call of the season. Nice 4-5lb swarm on cedar fence. 50 degrees, windy.
    Farmington, NM
    87401
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

  16. #616
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    Caught a feral swarm on 04-07 at a blue berry farm I had some hives at. The owner said he had seen some bees coming out of a wooded area before I had brought my hives over so i set up a deep with a few frames and top/bottom of plywood with just 2-3/4" holes drilled in the front. I came back 3 days later and there was a colony in it. I didn't expect this but am glad to get it. The queen had laid in a couple of the frames plus 2 combs they drew that were hanging from the inside of the top. I took theses combs off the top and put them into a single frame. I got lucky not to loose the queen because there was one frame i had installed with the box that had the majority of eggs/brood in it and I was looking for the queen and it slipped out of my hand and one side dropped and hit a hive body and all the bees flew off this frame. I thought the queen would still be light enough to fly but I suppose she was in another area that I was able to put in the new hive. I don't know what the size of the swarm is but they are easily covering 5-6 frames of eggs & brood the queen has laid in. I filled the box with 10 frames with 3 that are plain foundation. They have not drawn this out and this surprises me. Other swarms I've gotten would draw out a frame a day easily???
    It is just the beginning of the flow here and I am wondering if I could still get a bit of honey off this swarm. The queen is laying wall to wall so maybe there will be enough bee to fill a 2 deep hive in 30 days or so and I could try putting a super on?

  17. #617
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    my own swarm 4/13 and again my own swarm different hive 4/14

  18. #618
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    wednesday april 13th my hive swarmed. got half plus the queen in a box and the rest migrated. those girls are booming!!!!

  19. #619
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    4/14, Apex, NC
    ~4-5lb swarm, 10ft up in pine tree around 7pm.
    was helping a new beekeeper split a hive that swarmed on 4/13. found 4 virgin queens, one flew so we split into three hives. counted 15 swarm cells. when split was complete noticed the secondary swarm about 30 feet away. large swarm for secondary.
    Hughes Honey Apiary
    http://www.hugheshoney.com

  20. #620
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    14 April 2011 - Madison County, Alabama: One of my hives swarmed and I didn't get there in time to catch it. Oh well.

    Collected 2 swarms yesterday evening in the North Huntsville area.
    Rohe Bee Ranch "Free Range Bees"
    http://www.rohebeeranch.com

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