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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    No, I am sure that Charlie's swarms will be immense, when I catch them.
    I'm doing splits next week in Saratoga as soon as my queens are ready. I just have to keep them calm until then!
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    If I remember correctly, you make the rules!

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Does size matter?

    I caught, #10 maybe fist size, it will take 6 months to fill the five frame trap.
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    2 in bait hives
    6 in retrievals

    And we have a warmer weekend coming !

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    You guys with your warm weather have an unfair advantage! It was snowing here last night! Have ten traps out and I may have to shovel their front doors and you guys are out drinking pina coladas and laughing under palm trees! Argggghhhh...
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keth Comollo View Post
    You guys with your warm weather have an unfair advantage!.
    Not quite, it was in the 40's and 50's all day with a biting wind. Warm enough however to move a caught swarm into a full hive.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    It was 26 degrees here last night! I still have three weeks till swarm season begins!! Is this challenge rated on a curve??
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    It ought to be, but since the prize is bragging rights, and OD needs humored (although Tomas is still going to beat him).....
    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?

    I was forced to wear my Ultra Breeze today, I was sweaty.
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    "I was forced to wear my Ultra Breeze today, I was sweaty. "

    You lying sack of Monkey Poo !!!!!! The high for the day was only 50.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    I have been wearing my Ultrabreeze because I am tired of getting stinged in the face.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    It was a beautiful 64F degrees, on my side of the bay.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Does size matter?I caught, #10 maybe fist size, it will take 6 months to fill the five frame trap.
    I take this back. The host called worried about all the dead bees and fighting going on. I think what I saw was huge a scouting party rumble on a cool day. Maybe the swarm has not arrived yet.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Do I have to post here every time I catch one, or can I just wait until I hit 50 and report then? A host in Palo Alto just called, the latest catch there is flying heavy this morning. Do we know of any BeeSource members in Palo Alto whose swarm I might have stolen?

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Keep count of your catches and report in whenever you like but we should have an official count once a month until the season is over to see how the tally is going. I'll remind everyone May 1st.
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Insulted by a plum tree: I have a hive site and bait hive site where a plum tree hive swarms a few times a year. Both the plum hive and my hive died this winter. My hive caught the first bait swarm, but today the plum tree caught the second swarm rather than my second bait hive. Beat by a plum tree, I'll never live this one down.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Sometimes you beat the tree and sometimes the tree beats you! I have a feeling in your case that you beat the trees more often.

    Saw our first dandelion of the year today. We are just a couple of weeks away from my traps seeing activity!!
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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    A chimney hive in my neighborhood set of 4 afterswarms friday. They clustered withing a foot of each other on a very small olive tree.
    I finally got 3 of them to stay in boxes, talk about some confused bees. They didn't know what box to go in.

    Funny thing the home owner likes the bees living in his chimney, He doesn't use the fireplace, & likes the bees.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    I caught my second swarm today. It was a large swarm in a pine tree. It was also a great learning experience. The bees are now hived.

    Ted

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    My hosts are calling worried about the high bee mortality due to both the scouts fighting and the swarm arriving. Evidentially the life of a swarming bee isn't that easy.

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    Default Re: Why is the odfrank challenge closed?

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Beat by a plum tree, I'll never live this one down.
    Oh boy, here we go.
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