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05-30-2007, 10:51 PM
Three on the 29th and one on the 27th.

05-31-2007, 08:15 PM
42567 Eubank, Ky.

08-27-2008, 10:00 AM
My Bees swarmed on August 24th 2008 in Northern Kentucky area.
First year bee keeping.
1. Lesson learned don't continue feeding a new hive all summer.

When I checked after the swarm they had almost completely filled up 2 large broad boxes. That's why they swarmed. ( I think )

2. Always have an extra hive ready to catch your swarm or someones elses.
Lucky I had an extra one and was able to catch them, also lucky I found them in a tree in my yard on a Sunday morning when I was home.[email protected]/2794945776/sizes/l/


06-17-2009, 06:26 AM
Caught my first swarm May 10th mothers day. Saw my second on friday May 15th then captured it saturday morning.

Changed there Bottom board to a screened one yesterday and both seem to be doing well.

Alex Cantacuzene
04-23-2010, 06:29 AM
Have one since last night in a medium spruce tree. This morning it is raining and they are still there. Now I will have to rig up some things to maybe catch them. Have never done this. Wish I knew womeone near with a bee vacuum. Oh, well...Take care and have fun.

05-08-2010, 09:56 AM
Union Ky. 41091 got a call for a swarm about 8 miles from the house. It was perfect on a branch about 6 feet up. Perfect ! About a 3 pounder. Got the call at 10am had them in a new hive that was already built by 11am
Today is a good day !

Good luck to everyone.

05-09-2010, 11:52 AM
Hunstonville Ky...Picked up a 5 lb swarm may 8th 2010 at eye level on a willow tree, Installed them in the observation Top Bar Hive once i got home!! It was a good Day!!! :)

05-10-2010, 12:18 PM
Hunstonville Ky...I gotta phone call last night that there was another swarm in this guys willow tree. I just got about 5 pounds saturday out of the willow tree and this morning i went back to the same willow tree and got 4 more pound! I got home installed them in the left side of my Observation Top Bar Hive and they started to draw comb right away. About an hour later i went to check on their progress and i had a softball size cluster on the corner of the swarm box which was tilted towards the entrance hole...So i helped them out by opening the top door for the ladies...So i guess thats true that the ladies wants someone to open the door for them all the time...hahaha

05-12-2010, 07:06 PM
May 12th at 41091 Union Ky. ( Northern Ky. )
2nd swarm in 6 days. Got a call from a local hotel about a large swarm in a small tree. It was huge, the biggest one I have ever caught anyway.
Started hive #12 tonight. I had a great day !

Good Luck to everyone.

05-13-2010, 01:57 PM
May 13th Union Ky. 41091 ( Northern Ky. )

How lucky can you be, another swarm call today. Left work early and got them. They had just left one tree went down the road about 200 yards and was able to find them. I started my 13th hive on May 13th, kind of odd.

I counted my days wrong on the other post. It has been 6 days now and I have caught 3 swarms. A great day.

Good luck to all.

Riley Beckner
06-14-2010, 09:08 AM
I caught a swarm in a swarm trap yesterday. 6/13/10 Clay County, Kentucky

Riley Beckner
04-07-2011, 07:32 AM
One of my nucs I started last july and one of my uncle's hives swarmed yesterday. Manchester, Kentucky 40962

04-16-2011, 05:25 AM
4/15 5lb swarm from a bee tree, landed 35 feet up a pine tree. I was able to collect them with a little creative ladder work. Unfortunately I don't think I got the queen. The were very restless after hiving. Some started to cluster on the outside of a nuc next to it.

05-05-2011, 05:45 PM
Greensburg Ky 42743
1st Swarm this year
approx 5 pound swarm on a black locust fence post!

New Ky Beekeeper
06-27-2011, 08:22 PM
I am in Central Kentucky and split a couple of hives on April 2nd. On May 5, 6 and 7 the same small hive that I moved to my father's house 4 miles away had a swarm of been in a small tree about 50 yards from the single hive (yes, 3 swarms from the same hive - each one smaller than the first. There were no other bees (known) in the area. It was a nice warm spring 65-70 during the day and 50 at night.

04-14-2012, 04:21 PM
3-4 lb Swarm 15 feet up a tree. Found wild parent colony 20 feet away. Mayslick Ky 41055. First of the year. About 70 degrees off and on rain all day. I was able to get them down and in a hive.

04-26-2012, 07:48 PM
Caught a nice swarm at 7:00 pm. Got the call at 5:50 pm just as it started to rain. Rained all evening. Mayslick, ky 41055

04-27-2012, 04:00 PM
Picked up a large swarm from a fence post. Got a call right after school. And had then in the box by 5 pm. Maysville ky 41056

05-14-2012, 09:06 PM
Central KY, noticed at 10am today, it was cloudy low 60's, 3 lb swarm about 10 ft up in a pear tree. I've got 10 hives within 20-100 ft of the tree, so I'm going to assume it was from one of my hives. Climbed a ladder and while holding a nuc box I shook the bees in. I did capture the queen and she looks to be quite young as she did not have much size on her. The were still in the nuc box tonight.

Caught a previous swarm from another hive of mine on 4/30/12

05-15-2013, 07:33 AM
5/14/2013 in KY 41031 caught a swarm about 25 feet up in tree. Temperature was near 80 degrees and very breezy.

05-19-2013, 07:54 PM
My first swarm ever: today 5/19/2013. Oldham County, KY 40077. Had a swarm trap in the crook of a tree and they moved in today. I have no idea if they came from my own hives or not. I'm happy!!

Lost Possom
08-29-2013, 08:57 PM
Western Ky: 8-27-13 Caught a small swarm, about size of two softballs, Put em in a 5 frame Nuc and marked queen. They were on bottom of park bench, at an Elementary School. They were happy to get rid of em. I was glad to get em :-)

Mountain Man
04-20-2014, 06:42 PM
One yesterday and one today on Easter 2014,,,,, eastern Ky Mtn Bees!

ronnie howard
05-22-2014, 11:00 AM
Hi got my first swarm yesterday eve 4foot high in a apple tree in my back yard from my last year hive i am in Lawrence county Kentucky zip 41264

04-14-2015, 01:19 PM
Bowling Green, KY
4/11/15 at noon, sunny and clear
One of my backyard hives swarmed and I walked by as they were taking flight. Managed to quickly bait shrubs and tree limb where they were buzzing about with Bee Charm gel (wish I could find some more of that!). They landed on a tree trunk about 2 feet off the ground. I was watching them gather and putting a hive together while they clustered and settled. While I had my back turned they flew 25' up into the crown of the tree. This was within 40 minutes of the beginning of the swarm. I managed to retrieve them with the help of some of my beekeeping friends, an extension ladder and a swarm catching bucket on a long PVC extension!

04-18-2015, 08:37 PM
Bowling Green KY 42101
4/17/15. 4 pm
Sunny after a mostly cloudy day
Large swarm of unknown origin landed on hemlock tree trunk. Brushed into a box and hived with an entrance excluder. Bees were still unsettled today. I think they would leave if not for the excluder.

Lost Possom
05-14-2015, 08:49 PM
Had Swarm Today in Western Ky. Small softball size swarm from my bees. Same Forsynthia Bush 2 other swarms landed last year.

05-24-2015, 11:44 AM
Caught one of my own swarms on Friday, May 22.

02-09-2016, 10:49 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.

04-12-2016, 08:15 PM
They don't get much easier than this!! Hived them in a 8 frame deep with drawn comb and some honey. Moved them into my apiary right before dark.

Estell Tabor
04-14-2016, 07:54 AM
Tuesday evening ksp107 sent me a text of a swarm he caught not to far from my house. After ksp107 caught his swarm I thought it would be good idea to put a cardboard nuc box with some frames in the car. Well it paid off yesterday I got a text that said bees everywhere. Luckily I was about a mile away and got there to make an easy catch. Hopefully they like their new home. Time to get them swarm traps out.

04-14-2016, 12:35 PM
40391, Clark County, 4/14/16, just after lunch time.

Beautiful sunny warm day in the 60's after a week of chilly and some rainy weather. From one of my own hives. Easy to catch in a small white pine tree. I'd been seeing swarm cells in different hives and had been doing some splits but some swarms still happen. Glad to catch them though.

04-16-2016, 06:06 AM
4/15/16, Clark County, 40391, 11:50 am.

Watched swarm leave one of my hives and settle in small white pine tree (different tree than yesterday though). Put swarm in hive box and put on hive stand after dark. Beautiful warm sunny day.

04-17-2016, 09:45 AM
4/16/16, Clark County, 40391, not sure what time of day.

Sheesh, this is 3rd swarm in 3 days. Glad to catch them but ready for them to stop. I was out of town but my wife texted me a picture of swarm in small white pine tree. I got home late last night so went out first thing this morning and put them in hive box and put on hive stand. Beautiful sunny weather yesterday and today, in the 70's.

04-23-2016, 06:59 PM
4/23/16, whitley county, 40701, 730pm

New guy. Not sure if was mine that swarmed or not. Still activity at my box. Neighbor asked if my bees were ok. Still seen activity at my box and told him as far as I know they are good. Said he had a swarm about 3 feet up in his dodwood. Was not prepared but had an empty nuc that I got three weeks ago from my first bees. Hopefully they will stay. Photos soon. Time to assemble other hive!

04-24-2016, 12:23 PM
Huge swarm caught in a 10 frame deep bait hive on Tuesday, April 19th in Breckinridge County, KY. Zip 40144. Not sure what time of day they moved in.

Estell Tabor
04-25-2016, 04:20 AM
Caught a small afterswarm from my brother in laws hive yesterday. The primary swarm was last Sunday. Breckinridge co KY 40143

04-26-2016, 06:07 AM

04-26-2016, 07:13 AM
Ohio county Ky 42378

06-08-2016, 08:08 PM
Breckinridge County, 40144
6/8/2016 5:00 pm

Large swarm found by a buddy of mine while bush hogging. About 5 feet off the ground in a oak tree.

04-17-2017, 06:59 AM
got a call on a swarm 4/14/17. Went to get them and they were already gone next day 4/15/17.

04-18-2017, 05:10 AM
42053 Kevil, KY - 4/15/2017 Nice large swarm moved into empty dead out.

Estell Tabor
04-21-2017, 12:25 PM
Caught a nice swarm on the farm yesterday. They was crossing the road and they clustered in a sapling about chest high. I had a nuc box with me. 1st time I've witnessed a swarm on the move. Breckinridge Co.

04-23-2017, 03:16 PM
Caught a decent swarm on 4-17 in bait hive about 100 yes behind my apiary. Pretty certain it did not come from one of my hives. Breckinridge County, zip 40144

04-26-2017, 12:34 PM
04/04/2017 swarm call from Harrison County
04/20/2017 swarm call from Grant County
04/24/2017 swarm call from Madison County

04-27-2017, 05:46 AM
Hive swarmed yesterday. Wife seen them go. Looked three hours didn't find.

Whitley county 40701

05-01-2017, 06:57 AM
04/30/17 Small swarm caught in Jessamine County 40356

05-01-2017, 07:20 AM
SW Pendleton Co.

Estell Tabor
05-08-2017, 04:55 AM
I had a swarm move into a double nuc bait hive. Not sure when,I had not checked for about 2 weeks. Hardinsburg KY

05-16-2017, 07:54 PM
Caught one of my hives swarming on Saturday, May 6. Breckinridge County, KY 40144
It had been raining for several days, as soon as it got sunny out, all heck broke loose!!!!

Estell Tabor
06-07-2017, 04:23 AM
I had a swarm move into a bait hive. It looks like they had just moved in. I have not checked the box for about 3 weeks so I'm not exactly sure when they moved in.

06-14-2017, 11:06 AM
First swarm catch! Moved into a bait hive this morning 6-14-17, not sure of swarm size. Will know in few days 11:00 am 40033 Marion County.

04-20-2018, 02:34 PM
Wife called 4/20/18 at 2:30. Hive swarmed 40701 Corbin ky

04-25-2019, 12:52 PM
Near Paducah- Climate Zone 7a:

+/- 4 pound swarm hived yesterday (4.24). +/- 400 GDD base 50 degrees F. This is 9 days earlier than the first catch from last season.

04-29-2019, 04:46 PM
Caught a very nice 6lb+ swarm in a swarm trap today. Have been seeing heavy scouting activity at this trap daily for the last 12 days. 11:30am

05-12-2019, 10:16 AM
Checked traps yesterday and found another swarm catch. Last check before then was on Monday, no action at all.

06-02-2019, 12:14 PM
5/23/19 third swarm trap catch this year. Swarm was a little smaller than a 3 pound package of bees. 40033

04-05-2020, 05:58 AM
Near Paducah- Climate Zone 7a:

+/- 2 pound swarm hived yesterday (4.4). +/- 200 GDD base 50 degrees F. This is 20 days earlier than the first catch from last season.

04-22-2020, 06:30 AM
Picked up a swarm yesterday, 4/21/20. Sunny and low 60's but wind gusting up to 30mph. 3lbs or so.