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  1. #1
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    Default Beekeeping Miracle

    True story.

    A couple of months ago, I lost my beehive after a string of lost colonies. I decided to give the hobby a break because I couldn't afford buying another package of bees. Yesterday, I noticed bees going in and out of my empty supers. Upon inspection, i found a swarm has settled in my old beehive. Now I have bees again!

    Has this happened to anyone before, I've never heard of this happening.

    (I'm attributing this to St. Ambrose: patron saint of beekeepers)
    Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Not saying you didn't experience a miracle, but it happens frequently. A beehive is like mooving into a furnished apartment. At any rate, you now have bees!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    I lost a hive several years ago and pretty much forgot about it. A year and a half later, in the Spring, it was full of bees, 2 deeps, and had a super of Tupelo honey.
    Gary

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    All that drawn comb and an empty, happy home - exactly what a swarm is looking for, just divine.
    EAS Georgia Certified. "Tradition - Even if you have done it the same way for years doesn't mean that it is not stupid."

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Congratulations on having bees again. And you can also say you were successful at trapping a swarm.
    There was a video posted on this site last year. A man was in town and noticed a swarm. He followed it for miles and it finally
    got to their destination - a hive in his very own backyard! How cool is that?
    But I digress,
    Welcome back to beekeeping!!

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Quote Originally Posted by dcerdeiras View Post
    (I'm attributing this to St. Ambrose: patron saint of beekeepers)
    Good enough for me.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 03-08-2012 at 04:53 AM.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Nice story. Thanks for sharing!

    Ed

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Always be thankful for gifts. As I get older, I remember that more often. It makes me share more with others. Enjoy the bees and let us know how things go!
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    It may not be a miracle but it is fortunate. Congrats on getting your hive repopulated. I have heard one way to make a swarm trap more alluring is to place old comb in it. Sort of what you did even though you didn't intend to.
    Stand for what you believe, even if you stand alone.

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Thanks.
    So far they are making their own comb as I had no foundation in the hive. I'll leave them alone for about a week and then try to rearrange the comb (I'm practicing natural comb hives). My only worry is that they may have some africanized genes in them (thats becoming a problem in South Floirda and it has happened to me before, not fun), but so far they are really gentle, as are mot swarms.

    So far so good.

    PS- it just occured to me that I accidentaly posted this under "beekeeping 101" instead of "bee forum". Oops.
    Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry.

  11. #11
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    Default Re: Beekeeping Miracle

    Unfortuantly, They left.
    Since I'm doing natural comb, I rearanged some of the natural comb they were making (I left about 2/3 untouched to not induce to much stress. About 4 days later, they left, but they already started working on the rearanged comb (bonding them together) and the left brood behind. Could rearanging comb induce that much stress?
    The hive bodies were also heavily infested with beetles prior (Since they came without warning, I never had a chance to clean them), so the beetle residue is also a prime cause.
    Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry.

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