dang! my hive swarmed!!
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  1. #1
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    Jun 2008
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    Default dang! my hive swarmed!!

    I should kept a closer eye on em
    been busy building my house I was outside trimming and I heard a lot of buzzing looked up and saw them flying

    they then collected high high on a pine about 35 ft up
    it was impossible to get them form this location

    so I hurriedly made a hive in my shop and set it up 500 f away with nasonov swarm lure
    by this time an hour had passed

    I ate some lunch knowing lure was my only hope
    after lunch 2.5 hrs later went outside and they were gone
    and not in the trap box with lure

    I swear i heard buzzing in the woods but could not locate them

    I guess they are gone for good

    **** that sucks a fully medicated swarm ready to be hived and they were outta reach

    wonder if I could find em in the woods

    how far will they go?

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  3. #2
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    Maybe you could try "bee lining" to find where they went.

  4. #3
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    Usually there are some scouts around the for the first few days, so the lure might bring them in yet. Another thing I learned is that when they swarm, they usually go no father than 100 yards for the next few days...as they are waiting on the scouts to find them a new home. As with anything, there are exceptions to the rule.

    If it were me and I wanted to get them back, I would try baiting them as they will soon be 'hungry' so they can get that new colony established.
    Mark a worker with either powdered chalk or some white out and follow!

    Brenda

  5. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Maybe you could try "bee lining" to find where they went.
    Only way to do that would be to be, putting out something, like sugar water and follow them to their new home. Problem is, how would you know it was them. But if you can somehow keep your bees from jumping into the syrup or have enough time to watch, you might find some bees, some where.

    Quote: After a foraging bee fills it stomach with nectar, it returns to its colony to unload the nectar. When it heads off to its nest that bee will fly in a roughly straight line back to its nest. (This is how the term "bee line" came into being.) So, bee lining is a series of techniques used to exploit this behavior and track down feral bee colonies. This activity doesn't require a rifle or binoculars. Rather it requires an understanding of bee behavior and bit of tenacity.
    "Where wisdom is called for, force is of little use."
    Herodotus (circa 485-425 BC), Greek Historian

  6. #5
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    Orting, Washington
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    Keep an eye on your bait hive and give it a couple of days. Who knows you may get lucky after all.

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