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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
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    Louisville Kentucky USA
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    Default swarm season hits all at once

    Everything here seems to be running a month early this year. I was at a beekeepers meeting last Saturday and people were talking about all the swarm calls that they have been getting this year. I commented that I had only gotton one on Sunday a week ago,pretty nice swarm(but thats a different story). So yesterday I got a call about doing some cut outs at an apartment complex. They had 2 seperate hives set up in between the floor joists. After I left there I got a swarm call and went after it.On the way home from there I got another and picked it up. Got up this morning and got a cutout call and on the way home I got 2 swarm calls.I went and got both of them and when I got home I sat them out and while I was doing that I got another call.went and picked them up right after dark and when I got home my wife said I had another call while I was out! I've picked up 6 in 2 days and have 3 cutout jobs.I cant wait to get up tommorow.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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    Default Re: swarm season hits all at once

    Aren't you lucky, we never have swarms here in B.C this early, usually towards June.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    San Antonio, Texas, USA
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    72

    Default Re: swarm season hits all at once

    That sounds sweet. It has been busy in South Texas too. i have a quick question. What do you do with the bees from the cutouts? How to you colonize them? I am desperate for some advice since I do cutouts also and have not mastered making them into separate hives.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Louisville Kentucky USA
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    Default Re: swarm season hits all at once

    I usually use a bee vac on cutouts and I will take some of the brood comb and wire it or rubber band it into some frames so that when I get back to the house I can sit the box with the bees on top of the box with the brood and let them do their thing. I have been pretty sucessful at saving my bees from cutouts.

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