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  1. #21
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    10/21/08
    Caught one last night up in an eve (thanks to my beevac). It was about the size of a volleyball. Hived them in a nuc. I"m gonna have to go wild on feeding them for them to make it!

  2. #22
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    Default swarm today

    march 23 - had a large hive and it swarmed today - put them right in another hive and they are doing just fine - the swarm was 10 ft away from the other hives - i was just lucky to get them - and i have another big hive taht i bet will swarm soon as well

  3. #23
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    Default Hived a swarm in Hillsborough, NC on 4/17/09

    One of my hives swarmed on Friday. I have had mixed luck keeping a swarm and can use some advice on this one. Fortunately I had an empty hive body with foundation all ready. I cut the swarm loose from the tree branch and dropped it in a screened box and covered it. I then turned it upside down (screen side on top) on my hive body and pulled the divider out. The hive bottom had a stopper so the bees couldn't get out. I covered the hive with a hive top and moved it 1/2 a mile away and after 24 hours took the stopper out. Bees seem to be staying in it so far, but when I open the top, there is still a big cluster of bees up at the top on the screen. What is the best way to get them to move down into the hive body so I can remove the screen box and get the branches out? And - what should I do with my next swarm?

  4. #24
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    Average size swarm on 4-20-09 at 27514.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    saw one fly away 9-14-09
    wish I could of gotten them
    don't see how they'll make it through winter

    Dave

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    12:00 noon ish.....
    75 Clear sunny day
    Near Wilmington,NC
    about 4 lbs swarm from my hive.... got it and put in new hive... with drawn out comb

    man I hope it stays.....
    Steve C.

  7. #27
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    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    So far my girls are not trying to swarm....but my stepdaughter just texted me with news of a swarm in a tree at school. Charlotte, NC(just a few minutes from downtown is where her school is), about 12.30. Some lucky beek was already on the scene taking care of business

    If she can ID the tree they were on, I'll update this.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught a swarm on 4-01-10 on a tree, only had a bucket, and a towel with me. That was fun.

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    caught swarm from own apiary on 4/2 in afternoon @ 85 degrees, beautiful day. volleyball size. noticed that swarm cells are being built on bottom deep frames this year compared to between double deeps. I use screened bottoms and leave mite board in until mid april.
    Last edited by shughes; 04-04-2010 at 04:54 AM.
    Hughes Honey Apiary
    http://www.hugheshoney.com

  10. #30
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    4/8/10 Eastern North Carolina. 80 degrees and sunny/ windy

  11. #31
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5-9-10: Got a beach ball size today, probably 8 to 10 pounds. Filled a deep up quickly.
    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

  12. #32
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/13 - 28083. my first swarm.it was in a bush in Bret Bodines front yard http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...7&id=535540191

  13. #33
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    NC 28782 June 16th , Sunny in the high 80's
    Actually drove through a swarm today! Incredible. Turned the car around and they were gone. I ran home and set up my hive! (but they didn't find it)

  14. #34
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    caught a #7 swarm in concord,nc 28025?

  15. #35
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    the swarm I caught friday swarmed again 4-3-11. caught them again

  16. #36
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    April 03, Verona NC, zip 28540...beautiful sunny day, 68-70 F.Medium size swarm, started swarming as we watched the hive, talking about bees......buzzing and creating a cloud of bees, they've got up into an old maple tree around some mistletoe, aprox 25 feet up...tough to get to. The owner got to it with a bucket/pole combo, and was able to shake maybe a quarter of the bees. Too many branhes in the way...Placed them in a nuc with a few drawn frames, and as we watched, in less than 20 minutes the rest of the bees started to fly from up the maple tree into the nuc box...Amazing stuff

  17. #37
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

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

  18. #38
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  19. #39
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  20. #40
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    ~ 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

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