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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    I'm behind, I think -- got two more telescoping covers put together tonight, that leaves one more full sized one and two bases and I've got all my boxes made for the planned expansion, although none extra. Probably need an extra deep or two and some solid baseboards and extra tops and inner covers, we had some swarms last year that would not fit in a nuc box.

    I think I have enough frames for the time being since I don't plan to use my medium nuc boxes until summer splits (for overwintering), but too many are standard size and I want narrows, so I guess this weekend or next week I'll start on more frames.

    Once I get my splits done, I'll have to start thinking about more boxes -- I've only got six shallows for two hives right now, and if this year is like last as far as honey goes, that probably won't be enough as one hive made two mediums of honey from a swarm -- that's more than I have boxes for for that hive right now. On top of that, I'll need at least nine more for my three new hives (two splits and hopefully a nice swarm), so I'll be busy later in the summer again. If I want four shallows for each hive, I'll need to make a dozen, plus whatever my brother needs next year since he wants more hives too.

    Good thing I can get cheap scrap lumber, eh? 49 cents a board makes for pretty cheap boxes, and I can make a big pile of frames from an 8' 2x10 if I dig around in the pile a bit and get a knot free straight one.

    Somehow I thought I'd be keeping bees instead of working out in the woodshop every night, but that's OK to -- plenty of projects to keep this old man off the streets.

    Peter

  2. #2
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    DuPage County, Illinois USA
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    Default Re: Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    Swarm season? We're to get another big dumping of snow this weekend. Lots of time yet for you and I!
    Regards, Barry

  3. #3
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    Bloomington In
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    Default Re: Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    I with Barry, I wish my bee's could get out.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    Yeah, but when it warms up again in a week or so, everything is going to burst into bloom and I need to be ready to do splits and catch other people's swarms -- I'm hoping a cut-down split on our hives will keep them home and making honey.

    Won't be long before it's spring, we are late already this year.

    Peter

  5. #5
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    syracuse n.y.
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    Default Re: Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    Two weeks ago the canadian geese were heading north, last week the grakel's and red winged black birds were heading north. Yesterday they all came back through heading south.
    Not sure what they are trying to tell us, but I usually have gone through the hives by now so that I can go pick up the equipment I need, this weather is slowing down the economy
    mike syracuse ny
    I went to bed mean, and woke up meaner. Marshal Dillon

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    I've been ready since........ February! lol
    Spring can take it's time getting here IMO. It would be nice to actually have an apple crop this year.

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