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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm calls

    Normally I am getting multiple calls per day by this time to remove swarms here in Indianapolis. No calls at all so far this year. For those of you who take swarms...are you getting the normal number of swarm calls?
    Barry
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    Default Re: Swarm calls

    Higher than normal this year!
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    There where a lot of swarms out our way this year also.
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    None so far - well below normal.
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    None here
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    I have only had one so far, and it was a very small swarm, most likely an afterswarm. I think at least here in Indiana we are seeing the late effects of our drought last summer. I had to feed my bees in September to get them through the winter, they had almost no stores at that point in time. I don't think any wild hive was strong enough after that summer last year and the cold long winter to grow to swarm strength.

    Now, my own hives, totally different story...lol so far I have caught 9 swarms from my own hives, and that's after I removed queens and swarm cells. Next year I will be much more aggressive in removing swarm cells earlier.

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    I've got 8 swarm call and 4 cut outs.

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    My father in law in NY reports no swarms yet, when he's usually doing several per week.
    None here in central VA either, but my network isn't very good locally.

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    I have not done any swarm calls, but I was doing some plumbing work for a guy today that has done 3 so far.

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    I had one swarm call and that was three weeks ago.

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    I've had no calls this yet this year. Usually the phone is ringing off the hook!

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    Here in Swampeast Missouri, we had a TON of swarm calls in the last week of April and the first week of May. Then the weather settled down, the flows started and it's been quiet. Every day I pick up my phone just to make sure there is a dial tone and the phone line is still connected.

    It's been the same story with my swarm traps.

    In my own hives, with all the rain we were having it was impossible to get out to check on the bees. When the weather cleared, just about every hive was swarming. Things have settled down and the hives are foraging for nectar with their diminished work force.

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    I have only taken a few swarm calls this year so far, prob about 10-12 so far, but I have missed a bunch because I was working overtime. I have had about 6 calls for structural extractions, of which I have not done any as of yet and 3 trees trap outs. I am currently working on one and might do another. If it wasn't for the extra work hours, I'd probably be about average of what I did last year.

    C2

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    Much fewer than last year at this time. Only had one and passed due to distance. A couple of cutouts otherwise phone has been quiet. My colonies seem to be building nicely though. Went from cold and wet to hot and dry. Looks like the ferals had a tough winter.

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    Barry,

    As this is my first year in beekeeping I am not sure what a good year for swarm calls is like in north central Indiana. So far I have gotten 5 swarm calls and gone out and retrieved 4 of them.

    Most of them have been in the past 10 days since the rain has died down a little.

    Jim

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    4 with one cut out this year.

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    Three swarm calls that were yellow wasps and five trap outs of which three were wasps.

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    Fair swarm call year here. Brought home 6 so far with about double that in calls.
    Mike Forbes
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    Have gotten 8 swarm calls this year so far, and all of them were bees but none of them were swarms all were cutouts/trapouts of which only 1 wanted to pay for. Jim
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