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  1. #1381
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    3-19-13, 95632 (Galt, CA) My own backyard. I was getting ready for work and went to brush my teeth when I heard the familiar sound of lots of bees in the air. I looked out into my little bee yard to see a swarm swirling in my yard. Thought "shoot, one of my hives is swarming!" I walked out to my hives expecting to see them just pouring out of one of my hives. To my shock, they were moving into one of my empties instead. A most welcome sight to say the least since I didn't really have time to chase them down. So I went back inside and continued to get ready for work. I baited another hive and set it out before I left. I know that rain was in the forecast for today, but I would sure like to look in to the other hives to see if I missed something. That way I can try and see if it was even from my own hives.

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  2. #1382
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    That is a self splitting hive!

  3. #1383
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaBees View Post
    That is a self splitting hive!
    Sun poked out for a little while here, so I took the opportunity to check the hive...found the queen, no brood or eggs. I inspected my other hives and they all had queens, larva and eggs, so it wasn't mine...it was a free-bee.

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  4. #1384
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    Carson City, Nevada, USA
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    We recieved our first swarm call yesterday, too bad it was in Las Vegas, 534 miles south of us. We need contact information for Las Vegas beekeepers. Last year we had ~25 swarm calls in Las Vegas and no where to send them to, we have set up http://www.honeybeeswarmremoval.com please register.

  5. #1385
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    Zip 28574...USDA Zone 8.
    Had a few hives that started swarm preparations around March 10.
    Split them all...but today, 55 F temps and very windy, right under my nose, one of them has thrown three swarms...each with his own virgin...all three landed on the same "lucky" tree, in nice, very well defined, separate clusters.

  6. #1386
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    First swarm call today, 3/29/13.........a Good Friday swarm!! It wasn't huge, probably a 3-4 pounder, but free bees non-the-less!! It was in Mountain House, CA..........near zip code 95377. It landed in an olive tree about 7' off the ground, had to do some major limb trimming to be able to get it out, snipped the branch it was on, set it in the swarm catching hive and they climbed all over the combs and began fanning. I left the hive on the ground for about 15 minutes while I shook a couple gloves full of bees off the branch where they originally were. I got them to the bee yard and put a frame of brood in to lock them down and will leave them alone for about a week before transferring them into a regular hive.

    Swarm landed around 2 PM and it was a nice sunny 70+ degrees out.
    Coyote Creek Bees

  7. #1387
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    Raleigh, NC, USA
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I'm in Raleigh, NC and my hive swarmed today, March 30 2013.

  8. #1388
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    had one swarm about 4-6 weeks ago and had a friend call wanting me to help catch a swarm today 3/30/13 in south Ms.

  9. #1389
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    wadesboro nc usa
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    had several hives swarmed today.between splits and swarms, i have picked up 13 new hives this weekend. i still have several more hives to go check out. wasnt able to get to them today. this swarm season is in for sure. wadesboro and lilesville, north carolina

  10. #1390
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    Morganton, North Carolina, USA
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    Morganton NC, caught a swarm 3/29/13 in the backyard.....not sure yet if it was from my hive. My hive is a year old almost to the date. Had built a hive for my son the night before as well as ordered more equipment for a split earlier THAT SAME DAY! Talk about dumb luck. I haven't had a chance to go in my hive due to my work schedule this weekend but I feel like it came from mine. The cluster was in a ornamental peach tree about 3ft high and 35ft from my existing hive. All seem to be doing well and taking feed.

  11. #1391
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    Zip 28574, USDA zone 8...about 6 PM, 70 F, got a call from a friend...large swarm landed under the kids swing set. A nice, thick blanket of bees laying on the ground. Placed a nuc, 5 F deep with some nice comb in it, and they started marching right in...had to add the second 5 F deep on top to accommodate them with more space.

  12. #1392
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    had a couple buddies hive some of their swarms over the weekend (3/30 and 3/31). They are in the 27526 (Fuquay Varina, NC) area.
    Hughes Honey Apiary
    http://www.hugheshoney.com

  13. #1393
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    April 1, 2013, USDA zone 10b. Lost a large swarm.

  14. #1394
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    Three more...two yesterday, zip 28574 and one today zip 28546.

  15. #1395
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    4-3-13 95640 (Lodi, Ca) gotta call for approx 4 lbs of bees in a tree that were "high enough that you could stand on the tail gate of your truck an reach them." Only if I drove Bigfoot! Thankfully they had a forklift and a platform to stand on. Easy grab after that.

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  16. #1396
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    Lucama, NC
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    4/4/13.....caught my first swarm this morning......27851

  17. #1397
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    4/3/13 first swarm capture of the season. 23504
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

  18. #1398
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    4-5-13 95632 (Galt) Another school grab. Maybe they heard the school was having a spelling bee? Perhaps it was the fact that this school's mascot is a bee and they are called the Stingers? Either way, it was nice that a cross town school still had my card from last year and gave them my phone number as it resulted in a solid 4 pounds of bees about 15 ft in the air, now safely hived outside of the city limits.

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  19. #1399
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    Piedmont,Alabama
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught 2 swarms at 36272 Piedmont, Ala. One the first weekend in March and the second the last weekend in March. The first swarm weighed about 6 to 7 lbs. The last about 5 lbs. Both swarms are working real well.

  20. #1400
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught one 4 to 5 lb swarm today 23969 Reidville, SC They're in a 5 frame NUC with 2 frames of drawn comb. Hope they stay!

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