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    Default swarm question

    I want to catch a swarm off of a feral hive in the backyard this year. What are some of the signs that the hive may be gearing up to swarm? Do swarms make much noise? Here is what I have read.

    They usually swarm in the morning. and are gone by noon.

    Any other help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Bees bearding up on the outside of their existing hive cavity can bee a good sign of swarm preperations.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Perhaps you might start feeding them 1:1 syrup to help them build up enough to want to swarm ? But that would not guarantee that you would be the one who would catch them.

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    Might not hurt to set up a hive with some swarm lure in it just in case you are not around when they hit the trees. What is the ferel colony in a tree or building?

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