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07-06-2008, 05:25 PM
Collected approx 2 lb feral swarm from a homeowners porch at 7 pm last Wednesday. First one this year. Neighbors all watched from a distance, drinking beer and asked lots of questions. Wanted me to bring back a colony to place on their property when I got them going in their new hive.

07-10-2008, 08:41 PM
Got a call that a "ton of bees" were flying around the callers home and she wanted them gone. The bees began entering a large screened vent in the foundation and she was sure they had just arrived. Turned out they had only one 6x6 comb and two 1x1 combs built when I removed them from between floor joists the following evening. Estimated 6-7 lbs of very docile golden colored bees removed and now happily in residence in one of my hives.

Wyatt Barnes
03-16-2009, 05:54 PM
Yesterday one hive had 3 swarm cells with one already capped. It is the strongest of my hives with 2 deeps full of bees. This is about a month earlier than last year. I accidentally destroyed the capped cell but used one of the others to make a split. Earliest split I have ever made.

05-01-2009, 10:53 AM
4-30 Swarm from tree 3-4 lbs

05-12-2010, 08:55 AM
may 11, 6000`colorado med cluster with drones.6:00 pm

santa fe trail bee
05-15-2010, 06:31 PM
Picked up a swarm in Rocky Ford today 5-15-10. It was from a hive that had lived in a tree at least since 2003. I had planned on doing a cut out but the tree was just too massive, for an old woman! Ha!
The owner called today to let me know - it was up 18 feet in a tree. My girlfriends came to help hold the ladder & give moral support. It is now in my bee yard!!! I really wanted some of those genes!
Sharen Branch

08-17-2010, 07:34 PM

Got a medium sized swarm off of someone's porch at about 4:00 p.m. just outside of Elizabeth, Colorado. Elbert County.

08-21-2010, 04:14 PM
Got another small swarm today
Lakewood, Colorado... about 10 minutes from downtown Denver.

04-26-2011, 07:04 PM
Got a swarm today. Surprised this early here in Colorado.... Been a really warm spring so far. Temps were only in the low 50's today...Guy said they swarmed there yesterday (also in the 50's) and made it through the night on the tree they swarmed from with rain/hail and low in the 30's. Hope they like there new home in our backyard!

05-02-2011, 08:14 PM
2 more swarms caught this week. zip code 80110. Along with a cutout, we've went from 1 to 5 hives in less than 7 days!:cool:

05-18-2011, 09:46 PM
Grand junction colorado,81505, 2 sworms,same morning,5/6/11 3lb,and a 5.5 lb,got both queens.and was extremelly windy,75deg,clear.

04-10-2012, 01:06 PM
first sworm of the year,in a flowering tree baskitball or larger,sunny,65deg 5ft of ground.put a handfull in hive body and used a frame for them to crawl rite 81505,grand junction colorado.

04-16-2012, 03:54 PM
big sworm on a rv,during thunderstorme,somewhone beet me to them,81505.grand junction colorado.

05-01-2012, 09:25 PM
Durango, Colorado May 1st 1:10 pm

I watched one of my hives swarm today, I followed the cloud of bees they landed in a fruit tree North North East 100 ft. and about 20 ft. up from the origional Hive. I captured it in a Nuc box with a few drops of lemon grass oil and used a scoop (dust pan) I made from and old antifreese plastic jug and duct taped to a broom handle . I only had a 15 ft ladder and the box was about 3 ft. below the swarm, I scooped as many bees that I could and poured them into the nuc box all the stragglers made there way to the nuc box by about 8:00 pm . Then I put the lid on and removed it from the tree.......YaHoo.....

05-02-2012, 10:18 AM
Northern Colorado, Longmont, 80504. My Warre hive swarmed on 4/30/2012. I caught it out of a tree, 40ft away. It was only 4ft off the ground.

05-09-2012, 12:02 PM
I live in western Colorado, had some swarms early this year, and had 2, 5/6/12, weather was clear.

Brenda Seader
05-30-2012, 08:02 PM
Caught 4 lb swarm nw of Platteville, CO, May 28, 2012. About 80 degrees, light breeze, about 4 ft off ground, in 1 1/2" sapling.2097

Sticky Bear
05-03-2013, 08:21 PM
Caught the first swarm of 2013 today in my neighbor's apple tree. About 3-4 lbs. of bees.57185719 :cool:

05-18-2013, 07:18 PM
May 12th, mothers day swarm @ 81212. Landed in a sage brush 20' from the parent hive. Secondary swarm from same parent hive on May 14th. Captured the first, couldn't locate the second.

05-18-2013, 10:31 PM
1 1/2lb on fence post was chilly,no flying at nuc tonight but going into ob log hive with door and window.will add 1 lb more to better there build up.was after dark.think I got the queen to.

Grand junction colorado
53 deg/ cloudy

05-20-2013, 09:07 PM
2nd swarm in 3 days,7ft up on limb,good size was pretty chilly moved a fue in then smacked the limb and they were home.just befor I left I chkd the limb one more time and there was the queen on a leaf,put her into a queen cage and headed for home then put her with the new hive.this swarm was at a daycare across the street from a elem school.O man was I being watched.

Good bye mr beekeeper
Thank you mr beekeeper.

Today I was a hero
Tomorow ill get stung and start all over.
Grand junction colorado 81505

05-22-2013, 03:51 PM
got my very first swarm call today from a local beekeeper/honey supplier. of course i couldn't drop it all right then and go due to work. :( went about 1.5 hours later to see if they were still there, and another beek was just coming down out of the tree with a nice package-sized swarm.

i was honestly glad it was him and not me. the call said 10' up in a tree, but it was more like 25' up in a tree. don't think my ladder would have reached them.

05-28-2013, 10:34 AM
A hive swarmed yesterday, May 27.

05-29-2013, 07:09 PM
caught my very first swarm tonight. a friend called me on the way home and told me he heard a swarm near his house. sure enough when i got there there was a good sized ball on the very tip of the smallest limb of the apple tree, probably 18'-20' off the ground. about to put them in the hive after i eat a little dinner. would guess it's maybe 3-4# of bees.

5/29 80524

05-30-2013, 07:09 PM
Had one swarm 5/30

06-22-2013, 08:40 PM
3lb swarm from my own box and happy.for now!
81505,full sun 95deg.not one sting.
Grand junction colorado.gota love free bees!

06-24-2013, 11:22 AM
just got a call about this swarm. looks like they've built some comb on the side of the house but don't appear to be going into the soffit through the vents. the guy asked that i come back this evening so he could be there to watch. yikes. never had an audience before. hopefully they'll be in their new home at our house tonight.

ETA they're now in a hive at our house. hope they stay. nice size swarm about the size of a soccer ball probably.


07-03-2013, 02:57 PM
caught this package-sized swarm from a fence rail maybe 9" off the ground. slid the box under the cluster and brushed them right into the box. took 10 minutes tops. easy peesy. i want more like this one. :thumbsup: they're in a box at home with some window screen over the top for ventilation waiting to go into their new home after dark tonight.


04-27-2014, 06:06 PM
one yesterday and a swarm removal from a structure today. the swarm moved into the residence on friday afternoon. not a bard start to the swarm season.


05-07-2014, 02:59 PM

Got this one home finally. Left the box with a good bit of bees in it last night in hopes that they would all migrate into the box, but a single deep wasn't enough. Came back today to find as many, if not more, bees on the front of the box as there were in the box. After adding a second deep and frames, I coaxed about 99.8% of them into the hive and brought them home.

Good timing too. We are getting a massive thunderstorm right now with some hail. This swarm would have been a goner. Hope they stay in the box, as this is one huge swarm.

05-11-2014, 09:36 PM
caught 2 swarms yesterday. one was a smallish 2-3 pound swarm on the bottom of a sheet of plywood. i simply raised up the plywood, slid the box under, and dropped the plywood on the box. easiest swarm catch so far.

the second one was a tough one. there were two clusters about 15' and 18' high. the first one came down easier than the first. i got a smallish queen in that one. i just happened to look down and spot her in the box. the second cluster was tough. they left the cluster location and headed east about 50' at the base of a pine tree. i set the box down, put a sheet at the base of the tree leading to the box and left it for a few hours. cambe 5 hours later and everyone (apparently) was in the box. brought them and buttoned things up to get ready for the snow.

05-13-2014, 08:20 AM
Caught 2 swarms Saturday, 5/10/14 - 1 big one with a smallish queen that I just happened to see when I was dumping them into the hive body and 1 smallish swarm of 2-3 pounds that had clustered on the underside of a sheet of plywood about a foot off the ground. That was the easiest swarm I've ever caught. Pick up the plywood, slide the deep box/frames under, and drop the plywood on the box - as easy as finding $20 on the ground.


05-19-2014, 12:49 PM
picked up a good-sized swarm at our local white cap supply today. they had clustered on the bottom a piece of fabrication equipment and were all under the beam. i'm bad at estimating weight, but i'd guess 5 to 6 pounds of bees. they nicely covered the frames in a 10-frame deep with some left to still wander into the box.


after the initial brush and shake and a few subsequent attempts, this is what remained. they seemed pretty willing to walk into the box if i could get them close to the entrance.


05-30-2014, 09:21 PM
another swarm collected tonight. this one was probably 4-5 lbs. the one i got from this colony 3 weeks ago was 7-8 lbs. another beek also got one off this colony last week that was 5-6 lbs. impressive. very gentle bees too.


07-11-2014, 10:18 AM

caught this small swarm last night. looks to be about 3 frames of bees as of this morning.

Bear Creek Steve
05-18-2015, 07:12 AM
5/16, 80906, central front range rocky Mt., ~4#, clear weather, ~ 20 ft. up in tree, kept bees, captured.
5/17, 80906, central front range rocky Mt., !4#, overcast weather, ~30 ft. up in pine tree, from own apiary, bivouac swarm still in place in rain on 5/18.

05-29-2015, 01:59 AM
Aurora, Colorado 80013 - lost all my bees last year due to various mistakes, mainly not feeding enough or diagnosing/medicating. Top Bar and a nuc that I tried a split with.

4/30 - Had a swarm move into my dead/cleaned out Nuc in back yard. It got cold again and rainy after that, and swarms slowed in this area, but they are doing well in a full 10 frame Langstroth super so far.
5/27 - Got a call from local bee shop and captured a swarm - put in 10 frame Langstroth super.

I have 3 bait hives with swarm commander out, with at least 1 rack of old comb/honey out of my dead top bar. One has been robbed clean, other 2 are still getting lookie-loos but no swarm in them yet.
They are all in Parker, CO. 2 on a treed 5 acre plot and one in a friend's neighborhood backyard (well landscaped, lots of flowers and small trees). Treed lot has a bee tree in it, looks like some moved back in there or just woke up recently.

02-09-2016, 10:45 AM
What is needed:

zip code, city or county
date when the bees swarmed or when you found the swarm.
comments - example: if the swarm came from your hive, or if you were called to pick up a swarm, how long was it there. This is not for cutouts unless the bees just took up residence and are not established. It would also be great to include a small photo of the swarm.

This forum is not for general discussion.

04-15-2017, 08:25 PM
Been awhile since a post here, and I wasn't expecting any activity for another couple of weeks, but I got a call today for a swarm in Ft Collins and it was a great size. Filled 2-2.5 gallons of a bucket. Excited for the season to pick up!


04-23-2017, 08:02 PM
Arvada, CO, 80004

4/23/17, afternoon

This will be my first swarm if I am able to capture it. Got a call from my nephew about 4:30 that there was a swarm in my mother's back yard! By the time I got there (I live about 7-8 miles away), the main swarm had apparently already departed for somewhere else (my nephew said there had been many, many more bees flying around about an hour earlier), but there was still a tiny cluster (that could probably fit comfortably on the palm of my hand) in a privet bush at the corner of the yard, and some bees flying around. I tried to brush the cluster into the nuc box I'd brought, but couldn't quite reach them with the brush. I put an old brood comb and some new frames into the nuc and set it up as close to the cluster as I could get it. The bees showed immediate and definite interest in the comb - several had gone into the box before I could get the lid back on! It's getting dark, so I left the nuc set up there and will come back in the morning to see if they moved in.


04-24-2017, 09:14 AM
Went out to nab a swarm in S Ft Collins Last Tuesday, but it had left by the time I got there. Was in a fir tree, they said it was basketball size

One of my hives swarmed yesterday and I was able to catch it. Probably about a gallon of bees


04-27-2017, 03:25 PM
Captured two separate swarms in one fir tree this morning. One was 2lbs the second was 3lbs.
They were 3 ft and 4ft off the ground within two feet of eachother and had been there for at least 16 hrs. They came from a neighbors top bar hive. The neighbor was happy to have us get them.

Fort Collins
11 AM
Cloudy and a bit of rain moments after the capture.

05-04-2017, 07:27 PM
A co-worker IM'd me at work and told me a friend of hers was looking for someone to "get a bunch of bees out of her yard". I don't have a place to put another hive, so gave my co-worker the Colorado Beekeepers Swarm Hotline website URL and advised her to tell her friend NOT to spray the bees. Haven't heard yet whether the swarm has been rehomed.

Littleton, CO
About 3 pm
Sunny, about 75 F

05-04-2017, 09:25 PM
Littleton CO
call for pick up came in 615 pm
sunny and around 70
Not Wosiewose's swarm, call came direct to the local shop, not threw the state line.

05-05-2017, 12:44 PM
Littleton CO
sunny and 75+
they broke up and left as I arived

05-05-2017, 02:39 PM
Caught a large swarm in a aspen tree yesterday. It looked to be 5-6lbs. They were 5 clusters. Shook each branch into the hive and the rest marched right in.

Also my neighbors hive swarmed for the second time this month early this morning. They were gone when I arrived.

Location: south Fort Collins
Time: 7pm
Weather: 65 degrees and sunny
8ft off the ground

05-09-2017, 02:52 PM
Littleton Colorado
Moved in to swarm trap between 5/7 and 5/9 2017

05-31-2017, 05:39 PM
Got a large swarm last night. It was 3ft in length and 1ft in diameter so I think it was 7+lbs.

I hived it and this morning found them moving into a smaller hive in my apiary (usurpation.)

Pine tree 20ft

07-08-2018, 09:27 PM
A swarm moved into one of our deadout hives (from last winter/spring) today!

Wheat Ridge, CO
Empty hive in our backyard (not empty any more!) :)

08-26-2018, 04:49 PM
Hi, not sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm in Denver and am looking to sell a Maxant 3100P (and the leg kit) bought in 2017 and used for one honey harvest. I paid $850 and am asking $650 cash. Thanks!