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    Default Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Looking back on today, it's pretty hilarious that I actually chopped down a large pine tree in my yard to try and get to a swarm from one of my hives. The second the tree hit the ground, the swarm flew up to the top of another tree 10' feet away I'll clean up the mess tomorrow.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    You should have put a box on the ground where it would land. Speed install.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielD View Post
    You should have put a box on the ground where it would land. Speed install.
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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Now you've got to cut another one down. Just hinge cut it, so it falls slowly.....
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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    I cut three down 1 hr after sunset. Caught all three. Set a box up with an open brood frame and 1:1. Shine flashlight on box and by morning they should be in there.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    I have all but done that before I climbed 30 feet up then cut the branch hinged it down to me tied a rope cut the rest of the way then lowered it down after I got in the tree all I could think was "man I should have just went aND pulled 4 frames from that boomer I have at the end of that back row and just let these things go " but it gave my buddy a laugh who came with me to watch

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Use a bee whistle. That's right folks a bee whistle Like a dog whistle but for bees. Our new super bee whistle made from an all new high strength polymer will call swarms from miles away. The super bee whistle comes with it's own velveteen carrying case. Can be your for only $19.99. BUT WAIT THERE'S MOER! act now and we will send a second Super Bee whistle.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Tenbears, you can take the proceeds from your sales and buy more bee equipment. lol!

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    If you cut down enough trees, you will never have to worry about swarms in them again!
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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Don't cut down trees to get a swarm--it makes the park ranger very angry and you get in a lot of trouble Buy one of those bee whistles instead.
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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    That swarm is still up in the top of the second tree. Been there since yesterday morning. Going down to 38 degrees tonight, I would assume that's too cold to be hanging out in a tree.

    Tell me not to cut down another tree please

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Quote Originally Posted by Tenbears View Post
    will call swarms from miles away
    Do you need to bang a pot to get them to stop?

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Quote Originally Posted by Scitfrostbite View Post
    That swarm is still up in the top of the second tree. Been there since yesterday morning. Going down to 38 degrees tonight, I would assume that's too cold to be hanging out in a tree.

    Tell me not to cut down another tree please
    They will be all right in the cold for the night. Leave the saw alone.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Quote Originally Posted by rv10flyer View Post
    I cut three down 1 hr after sunset. Caught all three. Set a box up with an open brood frame and 1:1. Shine flashlight on box and by morning they should be in there.
    That really works? Great idea.

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Oh no, don't cut down another tree or 10.
    You need to do some math and calculate where
    the swarm will land when the tree hits the ground.
    Then have another person to cut the last cut on the tree trunk.
    You will be waiting at the location and move faster to get the swarm and queen.
    Once you got the queen put her in a queen cage and inside your bee box the swarm
    will follow. They will not leave their queen once you got her. Last cut and move in faster but
    not before the tree hits the ground. A tree crashing on you is no fun for a little swarm. Time it out well!
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Default Re: Don't chop down a tree to get to a swarm

    Oh no, don't cut down another tree or 10.
    You need to do some math and calculate where
    the swarm will land when the tree hits the ground.
    Then have another person to cut the last cut on the tree trunk.
    You will be waiting at the location and move faster to get the swarm and queen.
    Once you got the queen put her in a queen cage and inside your bee box the swarm
    will follow. They will not leave their queen once you got her. Last cut and move in faster but
    not before the tree hits the ground. A tree crashing on you is no fun for a little swarm. Time it out well!
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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