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  1. #1721
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    Jan 2011
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    Great Falls Montana
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    I found capped cells, no eggs and the dieting queen the other day. Good thing because I can't go up thirty foot ladder anymore. I artificially swarmed them and am letting the hive have two of the cells to raise a new queen. I checkerboarded them and all that but no guarantee they still won't swarm. Once it is in their head, it is sometimes difficult to keep them down on the farm. I put the other cells in little mating nuc size splits and will see what happens.

    Using this as a cue, I took the queens out of the equally strong ones and put them above a queen excluder and a super on a frame of wet brood. Hopefully the queens will keep laying above and gather a following of nurse bees. The main colony can raise a new queen with the two day old larvae I notched cells on . I will get an early honey crop, a brood break and re queened. The old queen will be moved in a few days for an increase split. The bees normally will supercede her and it is theoretically a beautiful plan if it works.

  2. #1722
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    Jul 2013
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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    May 24
    installed 2 packages in March and they built so fast I didn't manage to keep up and one swarmed. Free expansion! I caught the swarm and found 2 frames with queen cells in the hive so I did a quick split, fingers crossed I've doubled hives!
    I'll try anything twice...the first time might have been a fluke

  3. #1723
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    May 2012
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    Rockford, MI
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    Two swarm calls today. Finally swarm season is upon us here in Mi.

  4. #1724
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    Aug 2013
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    Siloam Springs, AR, USA
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    May 25th, Northwest Arkansas (72761). Wild day with three swarms caught AND I missed a fourth swarm call while collecting the others!

  5. #1725
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    Oct 2011
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    Pinevalley, NY
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    May 26th, 14872. Not sure if it was one of mine, about 3lbs.

  6. #1726
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    May 2009
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    East Liverpool, Ohio, USA
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    5/24/2014
    43920 East Liverpool, Ohio
    4-5 lb swarm
    easy grab about 5' up in a wild cherry tree
    Joe and Heidi S.

  7. #1727
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    East Liverpool, Ohio, USA
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    5/26/2014
    44401 Berlin Center, Mahoning County Ohio
    5-6 lb swarm
    6' up in a pine tree. Very easy grab.
    Joe and Heidi S.

  8. #1728
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    May 2011
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    Oswego, NY
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    5/27/14
    Oswego, NY 13126
    Sunny, 73, light NE winds
    Half my observation hive. Looked everywhere, nary a gathered swarm. Is it possible they could have found a new home in a matter of hours?

  9. #1729
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    Aug 2012
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    Berrien County, Michigan USA
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    5/26/14
    Niles, MI 49210
    Watched it fly away and never found where they landed..hopefully they will come back to a bait hive I have set up...

  10. #1730
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    Jul 2013
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    Columbus, ohio
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    Columbus Ohio (Central Ohio) 43017
    rainy days, 5/21/2014,
    pretty sure it was tossed from one of my hives.

  11. #1731
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    Feb 2013
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    Greene, (Upstate) NY. The Great USA
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    13778, Near Binghamton NY.

  12. #1732
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    Jun 2013
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    Jeromesville, OH
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    Small swarm collected on May 28th in Reynoldsburg,Ohio 43068.

  13. #1733
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    Jan 2014
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    Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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    5/25/14 #6 Swarm West Palm Beach, Fl. 33406 trap facing south 8' on top of screened porch
    South Florida, 9 hives, TF, foundation free, slatted racks, bottom entrances, zone 10b

  14. #1734
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    Apr 2014
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    Fairview PA
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    1st swarm 4-5# ERIE PA AREA 28th May. Captured.

  15. #1735
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    Aug 2013
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    Hill County, Texas
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    2nd baithive of the season occupied May 29th .
    76055

  16. #1736
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    Aug 2012
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    Plantsville, Ct.
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    Basketball size swarm in Plainville, Ct. Scooped them up yesterday after I got the call. Home owner said they had been there for a day or 2. Probably swarmed on Tuesday, was really warm that day.
    Got them boxed with a frame of donated brood.

  17. #1737
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    Jan 2013
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    Larimer County, CO
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    another swarm collected tonight. this one was probably 4-5 lbs. the one i got from this colony 3 weeks ago was 7-8 lbs. another beek also got one off this colony last week that was 5-6 lbs. impressive. very gentle bees too.

    80524
    I'm the dude, so that's what you call me.

  18. #1738
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    Dec 2010
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    Coatesville, Pa, USA
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    caught a tough swarm tonight. It took 3 times catching the queen in a clip before I finally just gave up and left her in there in the bottom of the box. They're now nicely at home. Swarmed this afternoon, sunny about 70 I'd guess. Coatesville, Pa

  19. #1739
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    Jan 2013
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    Springhill, Louisiana, USA
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    Springhill, Louisiana
    May 1, 2014 10:30 am sunny from my hive
    May 10, 2014 4:00 pm sunny from bee tree
    Let's turn it around
    America Bless God

  20. #1740
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    Dec 2011
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    Rupert, Idaho
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    Default Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught numbers 24, 25 and 26 last night. All about 4-5 lbs. Checked the other 23 I have caught and they are all queen right. I love catching swarms. Now puts me up to 35 hives and still of couple of good weeks of swarm season left.

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