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  1. #221
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    Swarm #14 (4/21) wrapped around a trash tree. Ended up using a strap and tractor to pull the tree over enough to shake into a bucket. Caught the queen in a clip and gave them a frame of eggs to entice them to stay.
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  3. #222
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    Swarm #15 (4/22) off the bluff. On a horizontal limb so I was able to use a bucket and pole to get them. Saw the queen go into the box while it was on the ground. Set on some blocks until tomorrow.
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  4. #223
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    4/19/19
    37331, Etowah
    Caught a swarm in an old trap with a rat nest in it and infested with wax moth cacoons. No LG oil or swarm commander.

  5. #224
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    4/23/19
    37331, Etowah
    Caught another swarm in an old wax moth infested trap. This one did have swarm commander recently sprayed. Not sure why the bees are picking the fixer uppers over the move in ready traps but it works for me.

  6. #225
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    Swarms popping up everywhere, only able to get to 4 or 5 in the past few days.

    1. Followed, but lost a swarm that was flying through a field (Lebanon, TN)
    2. Caught and hived a swarm hanging on one of my swarm traps. 2lb swarm (Lebanon, TN)
    3. Swarm moved into vacant equipment in my Watertown, TN beeyard 2lbs
    4. Hived swarm caught in trap in Watertown, TN 2lbs
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  7. #226
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    Swarm #16 (4/27) in the loblolly pine tree. I was mowing the adjacent field and saw them head towards the pill bottle. Shook them in a nuc box due to size of swarm. Moved them to a stand this morning.
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  8. #227
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    Deleted due to pic rotation.
    Last edited by Spur9; 05-04-2019 at 05:23 PM.
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  9. #228
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    Swarm #17 (5/3) in the loblolly pine tree. Came home from work early to grill chicken as requested by the wife. Guests coming over to eat got a nice treat watching me shake them in a box. Couldn’t wait due to nasty weather on its way.

    Inspected them after the storms on Saturday. Already pulling comb. Saw the queen. Gave them a half gallon of 2:1.
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  10. #229
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    Maybe it was the strength of my hives coming out of winter but this has been the worst swarming year I've ever experienced in five years of beekeeping.
    Beekeeping 6 Years - 12 production hives and about 12 nucs - Treatment OAV Only

  11. #230
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    Swarm #18 (6/15) - in the loblolly pine tree. Got back in town from vacation late Saturday. Glad I decided to walk up to the bee yard that evening. I shook them in a box with 10 frames of comb taken from a dead out. The frames had some shb damage. I scraped out the really nasty sections.
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  12. #231
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    Well my strongest hive swarmed today. Luckily I saw it and was able to catch the swarm. I thought for sure splitting that hive 3 weeks ago would have kept them from swarming. Oh well I'm learning every day.

  13. #232
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    You have to split out the queen and destroy all but two qc's already started. Learned that lesson last year.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

  14. #233
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    Caught a swarm on accident https://youtu.be/LnsDkqa8TZk
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  15. #234
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    Well I had another one escape. Last week I opened the outside of the brood nest and didn't see any queen cups. Well the queen left yesterday with half the hive and there are plenty of queen cups now.

  16. #235
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    4/8 - Swarm moved into empty hive with drawn comb.
    Andy

  17. #236
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    Worst beekeeper ever. I've had 3 swarms from my hives so far this year. Luckily I've caught two of them. Latest was today. I found them on a pear tree and when I shook them into the box they had started forming comb so I'm guessing they swarmed yesterday.

  18. #237
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoVol74 View Post
    4/8 - Swarm moved into empty hive with drawn comb.
    Mine is always "Swarm moved from my best hive into tree 100 ft up." Glad to hear you had better luck than I typically do.
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  19. #238
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    Quote Originally Posted by e-spice View Post
    Mine is always "Swarm moved from my best hive into tree 100 ft up." Glad to hear you had better luck than I typically do.
    Mine was not from one of my hives. Someone (feral maybe) else threw a swarm that took up residence in my equipment. Same thing happened last spring so I intentionally left some empty equipment set up as "swarm traps."
    Andy

  20. #239
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    Well I finally caught a swarm that wasn't from my own hives. Set up one of the Mann Lake flower pot looking swarm traps at a friends house and baited it with old comb and swarm commander. Last Friday there were several scouts checking it out and yesterday I checked and the colony had already moved in and made comb that already had eggs in it. Moved them into a 10 frame brood box and feeding them. Hopefully they will stick around.

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