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  1. #1
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    Default Mid-summer swarms

    Yeah or nay? I'm going to get a swarm right now (july 21), I'm going to feed them like crazy for a few weeks and see how much comb they can build. I may just combine at that point depending how they do.

    Why are they swarming this late? No nectar flow here for the last few weeks. Are they swarming to get out of a bad mite load situation?

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    Well the old saying goes. If they swarm in july, let em fly...........but that was coined before overwintered nucs became popular. I say put them in a nuc, let them build you comb if they make it great, if they don't get big enough, combine with a weaker hive and pinch the less desirable of the queens.

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    I got a swarm on Thursday only to see it fly away this morning. It was pretty big. This is a weird weather year for us. I think you should definitely get them and let them build comb for you at a minimum. The old saying about letting them fly was coined hundreds of years ago when people worked bees in skeps. That was probably before sugar was widely available.

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    Just caught a swarm several days ago in another ML cardboard box. They swarm as late as August here if they get crowded. I'm going to hive these bad girls and see how they do.

    July 2013 swarm.jpg
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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    I had a swarm call last night that I couldn't get to, but they flew away this morning...

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    I take all the swarms that come in no matter what month. Granted, I will quarantine them for a couple of weeks from the rest of my hives first.
    So many possibilties.... nuc's, population boost, comb building, queen backup......

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    I plan on getting swarms any time, I have a stack of foundation that doesn't do me any good and swarms can fix that pretty quick.

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    Got a swarm about a week ago, kept them on syrup to try to keep them, gone in 2 days.

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    A frame of open brood will keep them from absconding.
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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    Good point Charlie. Also hiving them in 4 -5 frames of drawn comb will increase the odds of staying put as well.

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    Default Re: Mid-summer swarms

    Leaving the swarm where you hive it for 24-36 hours also helps

    I am with Mr Beeman, and Charlie on this one, plus, leave on site until at least dark of the first day.

    Frame of unsealed brood, 2-4 frames of brood comb, (plus one frame of foundation to keep them from dropping comb) , leave on site for 24-36 hours, No feed until they have been moved. normally works for me. Haven't had one abscound in years.

    cchoganjr

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