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  1. #61
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Odfrank is the Darth Vader of swarm catchers world wide. He is a challenging adversary but I know we can do it!
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    4 traps Zero residents.
    Last year zero, even though I caught 12 swarms in the vicinity of the traps.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Four baited in, two swarms caught, one was my own. When this rain is over keep your veil on. Three of the four baits were seven framers and so was yesterdays swarm from my own hive. I padgened this swarm, installed it on the location of the original hive and moved the original off to the side. This inhibits the original hive from casting an after swarm because all the foragers join the swarm colony making it a powerhouse.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    11 traps set. Nothing more than scout bees so far.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    7 traps, 2 swarms, one in a nuc, one in the beetree trunk I
    Put in my garden.
    Gypsi
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Charlie B.. Odfrank... Caught one more today, (total of four) but, I can't in good faith, count this one. It came to a box that I had placed out at the end of a barn, with some old lumber to be thrown away. No frames and no lemongrass oil.

    I started a new thread with photo. It was sitting almost on the ground. The photo doesn't show that the rear of the box is broken, that is why I was throwing it away.

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    Last edited by Cleo C. Hogan Jr; 03-31-2012 at 06:37 PM. Reason: additional info

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    I think that should count Cleo. Same thing happened to Odfrank but his box was is worse condition than yours. The only difference was he's so cheap, he wasn't intending on throwing his away!
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    The photo doesn't show, but, the whole back is busted. Got hit by a front tractor tire.

    I can't compete with odfrank, not enough feral bees in my area, and I have been making up nucs, so, my brood stock is too small to swarm.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    he's so cheap, he wasn't intending on throwing his away!
    Just to prove Charlie wrong, I have been making some new jumbo depth boxes from some nice 1X10 redwood fence lumber I found.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    No swarms in bait hives yet.... However, 4 swarms retrieved from various surfaces and branches. NONE from my hives !

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Ollie, I'm coming by to take a look at those. You owe me lunch anyway.
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    NONE from my hives !
    That's what Charlie claims also. Right.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Right, NONE from my hives either!
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Right, NONE from my hives either!
    Lets hear that same claim again in June. I caught a fish this <------------------> big.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Hey Cleo,

    You'll need all the help you can get in this competition. You better count that one.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Lets hear that same claim again in June. I caught a fish this <------------------> big.
    You should be proud Ollie. It was because I did what you said in your class on swarm prevention my hives haven't swarmed. I can't help it if the student surpasses the master!
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    We are not even half way through the swarming season and we haven't even got out of winter yet. Your hives haven't swarmed YET. Both you and your master will be running their butts off in May chasing those gigantic swarms from hives that have left behind two medium supers of crop stored earlier and clogging up the brood chambers. Grasshopper, how many times do I have to tell you to quit taking beekeeping advice from those left coasters?

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    I agree, it hasn't even started yet.
    Some of the early swarms I've seen so far might have come out of small cavities in trees or houses.
    Just built 20 more boxes in preparation for next month.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    I think there's more traps out now in the Bay Area than there are swarms.
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    I think there's more traps out now in the Bay Area than there are swarms.
    Ain't that the idea? Keep those swarms out of attics and soffits!
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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