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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm catcher boxes

    Odfrank... I think you would be proud. When I left my home in Moore Haven Florida in March, I set out two swarm catcher boxes. One inside my shed where bees had previously come to, and another on the walkway on my sea wall. Yesterday my neighbor called and said they both had bees in them.

    Today I called Bevy's Bees and she went over to Moore Haven to get them. Two for Two. Hard to beat that.

    I am not doing nearly that well in Kentucky. I am only 4 for about 25 boxes out. Normally get about 8 to 10, but, very little swarming this year.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Swarm catcher boxes

    Free Bees is Free Bees, I always say.

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    Swarm calls here are down 75% or so. Bad winter kill I'm thinking.
    I'll take those odds Cleo. lol

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    Default Re: Swarm catcher boxes

    slow year for me too here in Sarasota, I usually do 3 times as many then I did this season.

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    Mr. Beeman.... Last year I only had one out, and, it caught one. I did not put it out as a swarm box, but, rather, I had brought it to Florida, (it was a totally new box) for my sister, and, she forgot to take it with her when she left. I just left it sitting on the stand I had brought for her, and bees moved in.

    Obviously I have a very limited history of swarm boxes in Moore Haven, Florida, but, with the absolute success of the boxes out, in 2 years, it sure seemes like Moore Haven, Florida might be a good place to put out some swarm boxes, if anyone is looking for free bees.

    cchoganjr

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    I've had a terrible year, 1 for 36 boxes out. There were just not many swarms this year, but the one I did catch was a biggie.
    Colino
    A Bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it rains.- Robert Frost

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    Default Re: Swarm catcher boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleo C. Hogan Jr View Post
    Today I called Bevy's Bees and she went over to Moore Haven to get them. Two for Two. Hard to beat that.

    cchoganjr
    They are living happily in my back yard now, collecting melaleuka nectar, and Brazillian Pepper starts in a couple weeks. I will be sure to get some of the honey to you Cleo. Thanks again!

    I set up 2 more boxes to replace what I took. The shed bees didn't have a queen with them, she must have been under the floor. So that's more like a Hogan Harvest where they can continue to build. I combined what I took with a nuk in my back yard.

    Other than that, on the same day I went to pick up the Moore Haven bees, a swarm moved into a bait box I have set up at my son's house. I have 3 other locations with bait boxes, and this is only the beginning of swarm season.
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

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    Default Re: Swarm catcher boxes

    I am thinking Moore Haven might be a good place to put out boxes. I will bring two or three setup when I come down in November. See what happens this year. Can't wait to get there and get on Lake Okeechobee. Love bass fishing as much as bees.

    cchoganjr

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