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  1. #1181
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    Got one today about 2:30 a foot off the ground in a bush - about 4 pounds I would guess. Very well behaved.
    was it one of yours david?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  2. #1182
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    I forgot about posting swarm dates here. My very first swarm was Apr 3, 2013 around 1:30ish near Greer, SC 29651. I'm not sure if these were my bees or not. My husband was on the back deck when the back yard got thick with bees. He seems to thing they are stranger bees, attracted to the boxes we had just split a week before. I was at the grocery store getting deli ham when he called me and said, Ah, I think your bees are swarming. I said, Naw! I split them so they wouldn't. Anyway, it was exciting. By the time I got home, they had landed in the dogwood in front of the hives. I made a video and put it on FB. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151468418787900

  3. #1183
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    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    was it one of yours david?
    No, it was a call out of the blue - a honey customer's sister had it in her yard - no known beekeepers nearby. I don't usually have time to chase swarms and I'm not on any lists, but in this case it worked out. So far this year I think I have been successful at swarm prevention. Although saying that is almost surely bad luck.

  4. #1184
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    Sunday April 28th, 22963 (central VA). I had a fairly decent sized swarm, early afternoon before a rainstorm. They may have been my bees, but darned if I can tell which hive it was. I recaptured them and stuffed them in a spare nuc box until I can get another hive ready.
    A nearby acquaintance also had a swarm the same day (which they lost).

  5. #1185
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    47601 I got a swarm call yesterday. When I got there it was gone.

  6. #1186
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    Saturday-swarm moved into a woman's house Thursday. Pulled back some carpet, cut a hole in the subfloor and vacuumed out the bees. Already built out about 3/4 of a frame of comb and the queen was laying.
    Monday at one of my outyards at the base of a 3" tree. Had to cut the tree above the cluster then below and shook the trunk piece into a hive body.
    Today at another outyard in a swarm box I have on a tree. Large swarm-don't think it was mine either??
    Howard
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  7. #1187
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    Collected very nice soccerball-size swarm from same hive and tree I got one from last year. 17601

    Strawbale

  8. #1188
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    76520, Medium swarm 10feet up had to vacuum no problems.

  9. #1189
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    95695, small swarm today in some oleanders at work. I'd say maybe 3 frames of bees. 5/2/2013, in the box!

  10. #1190
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    89512 swarm in a tree approx 20 feet up. Captured.
    at the same time another swarm approx 5 miles north of that location in a small bush almost on the ground, also captured.

    Was informed of an existing colony under a play house that I had to pass on to another beekeeper as I am out of equipment for this year.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  11. #1191
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    Zip 28546. Large swarm moved into one of my trap boxes as I was watching.
    Noticed a yellow dot queen moving in.

  12. #1192
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    Ed next time they fly away have a pot in hand too BANG ON with your hive tool in about a 100 yards or less they will land

  13. #1193
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    Quote Originally Posted by beefast View Post
    Ed next time they fly away have a pot in hand too BANG ON with your hive tool in about a 100 yards or less they will land
    Is this superstition or does it really work?
    Benjamin Schneider, CEO of Prairie Wind Bee Supply - New & Improved Website! http://prairiewindbeesupply.webs.com/

  14. #1194
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    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Is this superstition or does it really work?
    Dont most swarms land inside of 100 yards from the swarming hive anyway? How many of us have actually seen our hives swarm and can think "Oh lets get the pot"? That's not my first thought. My first thought is "where's my toolbox (that has the queen catcher) and hive equipment to hive this guy?" Last summer I had just this thought when I looked out my kitchen window to see my hive swarm. Landed about 20 feet on the back side of the fence. Easy, and VERY fun catch!!

  15. #1195
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    Caught my first swarm of the year last night. Had about 2# of bees with great temperament today..
    Started them on some sugar water this afternoon and they seem to be really working hard.
    BEES ARE NOT AN OPTION

  16. #1196
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    Caught the first swarm of 2013 today in my neighbor's apple tree. About 3-4 lbs. of bees.0503131742a.jpg0503132008a.jpg
    Last edited by Sticky Bear; 05-03-2013 at 09:41 PM.
    Sticky Bear Apiary ~ Elev: 4840ft. ~ https://www.facebook.com/StickyBearApiary

  17. #1197
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    76520, Small swarm on porch easy catch.

  18. #1198
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    Medium swarm today, set up yesterday in a co-workers front yard about 10 feet up. Collected it at 5:00pm today, left the box for them to settle, will move it in the morning.

  19. #1199
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Found a small swarm in a bait hive. I was going to take some foragers to add to another hive but there were not enough. I came home from there and I noticed a swarm about 20' up a pine tree on the first branch up. It was a fairly big one. I hastily made a bucket pole and got a good amount by jamming it against the bottom of the branch but missed the queen three more times. Got a ladder and a saw and some rope and was able to put the rope over a higher branch then around a fork in the branch the swarm was on. This made the rope connection about at the balance point so I was able to cut it and lower it to the ground. I bounced it on top of the hive body and, I "suspect" the queen was in there. I came back after two hours and there were a few flying like a normal hive with the rest inside.
    Is this the absolute most active swarm season?
    We need a poll???
    What do I do about getting honey? I imagine most of the swarms Ive gotten are from my own hives. I am thinking about combining swarms I've caught or adding the bees back to hives with supers. We are at peak flow and I have too many swarms I've hived and too many colonies without enough bees for a crop???
    Thanks
    Howard
    28443
    Last edited by challenger; 05-04-2013 at 06:29 PM. Reason: mobile version is poor

  20. #1200
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Quote Originally Posted by challenger View Post
    What do I do about getting honey? I imagine most of the swarms Ive gotten are from my own hives. I have too many swarms I've hived and too many colonies without enough bees for a crop???
    Congrats on the swarms. You will get more honey production if you limit swarming.

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