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  1. #1261
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    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.

  2. #1262
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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

  3. #1263
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    Raleigh, NC, USA
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    I'm in Raleigh, NC and my hive swarmed today, March 30 2013.

  4. #1264
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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.

  5. #1265
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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

  6. #1266
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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.

  7. #1267
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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.

  8. #1268
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    Fuquay Varina, NC
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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

  9. #1269
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    Los Angeles, CA
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    April 1, 2013, USDA zone 10b. Lost a large swarm.

  10. #1270
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    Three more...two yesterday, zip 28574 and one today zip 28546.

  11. #1271
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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.

    C2

  12. #1272
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    Lucama, NC
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    4/4/13.....caught my first swarm this morning......27851

  13. #1273
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    4/3/13 first swarm capture of the season. 23504
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

  14. #1274
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    Galt, CA
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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.

    C2

  15. #1275
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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.

  16. #1276
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    reidville, sc
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    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!

  17. #1277
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    Lowell, Arkansas, USA
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    Got my first swarm call of the year yesterday April 5th. In Prairie Grove AR I am guessing zone 6b as that is what zone I am in 45 min. away. The bees had landed on a sapling the day before and stayed there through what will hopefully be our last frost for the season and probably half of them froze.

  18. #1278
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    Silver Spring, MD USA
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    One of my hives swarmed today (4/6) in Maryland 20910, zone 7. 2pm, weather around 60 degrees and sunny. I was out in the yard and thought it was an orientation flight at first. They landed on a nearby tree and have been up there for a few hours.

  19. #1279
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    White County, Arkansas
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    First Swarm

    29 March 2013

    2nd Swarm

    1 April 2013

    72012

  20. #1280
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    Long Beach, Ca
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    90807 Long Beach California (SoCal)

    Large swarm, about 18" long dangling from a branch at about 15'. First attempt with a cardboard box on a stick then transferring them to hive box failed. Came back, tried again and succeeded with a few less bees.

    Learned a few things. These were by far and away the most unpleasant bees I've even experienced. If they don't calm down I'm sure to introduce them to some Dawn Dish soap. These girls were down right violent. I stupidly didn't put on pants for round 1, and got stung 5 times on my ankles. That sucks a lot now.

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