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    Default May or June swarms

    My experience with packages is they are "lazy" - slow start; probably because there's no nectar available here when packages from the south are available. But, your late-May or June swarms should arrive right on time!

    Want to buy 2-6 swarms. Hopefully for less than $100 (incl. freight to Alaska) each.

    Natural or artificial, so long as formed by a natural impulse. Yes! This means last year's queen is okay! Please cage her, though, for shipping - don't need them building a hive out of the shipping container.

    No frames. Alaska outright bans import of "used" hive equipment.
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    Default Re: May or June swarms

    not to shoot your idea in the foot or anything, but.....
    a swarm placed in a shipping container, without a queen will still build comb on the inside of it. the nature of a swarm is to fill up on honey before leaving, and when they get where they are going to produce comb NOW!!!!!!
    I picked up a swarm yesterday, and drove 20 min to the yard to install, didn't think too much of it. but there was comb started inside the box.
    welcome to your new addiction!!

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    Default Re: May or June swarms

    My experience with packages is they are "lazy" - slow start; probably because there's no nectar available here when packages from the south are available.

    Use a fruit tree sprayer to fill combs with syrup. Then your bees have a nectar flow inside the hive they can build up on. By the time your flow hits, they should be getting nice and strong.

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    Default Re: May or June swarms

    Thanks for the tip. Personal experience indicates that this technique is equally as effective as providing a lump of soft fondant in the hive (location also apparently matters not).

    Still hoping to receive a few swarms. PM me, please. The state may allow import of bees on NEW equipment (nucleus). Will have to consult departmen
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 05-08-2010 at 03:41 PM. Reason: UNQ
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