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    Default Earliest swarm

    Could anyone tell me the earliest possiable time frame I am looking at in the Northwest, for catching a swarm? Also, has anyone in my area seen any drones flying yet? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbee3074 View Post
    Could anyone tell me the earliest possiable time frame I am looking at in the Northwest, for catching a swarm? Also, has anyone in my area seen any drones flying yet? Thanks
    I'm in Vancouver Canada and last year we picked up our first swarm may 5.

    Drones are just starting to fly in our area.

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    Don't know about earliest swarm date. On inspection for queens' laying patterns, I saw only three capped drown cells in two backyard hives as of Saturday. With high 40's to low 50's, we're running 10 degrees below normal and wet again this spring. Seems tough on pollen gathering, but they're out there when they can be, with maples, alders, and poplars. Lots of dandelions, but no bees on them yet. We had a club member hiving swarms in May (I think) last year.

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    I am just 90 minutes or so from you and got a swarm yesterday. Another beekeeper in the area has been getting 3-6 calls a week since the last week of March.

    They are out there and it will only get better as it gets warmer.

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    Thank you for all the information, guess I'd better get ready. I only have two hives and would love to get more, so hoping for some swarms.

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    I posted on another thread. I captured a football sized swarm in North Portland yesterday. Tax day wasn't so bad after all.

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    Portland oregon here, hived a swarm yesterday, HOPE THEY STAY!

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    I would be so excited to see that, have never even seen a swarm. That's a pretty good tax reward. Did you get a picture?

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    Ravenzero, congratulations, I hope they stay to.

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    Here is a pic of the one I got yesterday. Was in a bush about 5 feet off the ground at the end of a driveway.

    beesz.jpg

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    Bolder, thanks, great picture.

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    Sorry, meant Bilder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beenerds View Post
    I'm in Vancouver Canada and last year we picked up our first swarm may 5.

    Drones are just starting to fly in our area.
    Across the water on the island. I haven't seen drones flying yet, but saw capped drone cells in all the hives this weekend. Looks like a good spring so far, one hive has started capping the first super already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    Across the water on the island. I haven't seen drones flying yet, but saw capped drone cells in all the hives this weekend. Looks like a good spring so far, one hive has started capping the first super already.
    Won't be long now, we ave a few hives split already drones are just starting to fly.

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    Two swarms in Verboort ore today.

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