Second swarm of the year
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  1. #1
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    Default Second swarm of the year

    Was out working on my farm and heard a very loud buzz sound looked up and saw the swarm cloud flying about 200 yards away. I followed them till they started landing on a pile of fence post. I captured them this afternoon and put them in a hive. Hopefully they will stay. It is a swarm off of one of my existing hives. Have just been too busy to get in there and split them before they swarmed. Huge mistake on my part.IMG_3283.jpgIMG_3285.jpg I have some pretty cool video I just don't know how to post it.

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    The hive that the swarm came from must be a big one. Thanks for posting.

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    How did you manage to catch that swarm while it was on the ground like that?

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    I had one on the ground in a forsythia bush Sunday.
    I just stuck a drawn frame in to the cluster and they started walking right on.
    After 3 frames placed in the nuc they started fanning and the march began.
    I keep drawn frames in all empty hives in case of swarm calls.
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    Quote Originally Posted by Quad1993 View Post
    How did you manage to catch that swarm while it was on the ground like that?
    That is a question I am always asking, too. I have very easy swarms to box, others I have no idea what to do...
    -- Joe
    "Make your own decision and embrace the consequences." -- jwcarlson

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    I've never tried to catch a swarm, but the idea intrigues me. I added my second hive last year and they are looking very strong so far this yea. I feel like I need to educate ,yself on swarming, trapping, luring, and spliting. Haha

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    Quad I completely understand where your coming from. Just got bees for the first time in October of last year yesterday had a co-worker call and advise me of a swarm that was moving into his attic. I went and got it and today I got a call from his neighbor about a swarm. Luckally that one was in a branch and much easier to catch. IMG_1505.jpg That was from my coworker house. Had to vacuum them up and luckily didn't have to cause damage to his house.

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    That looks like a big ol goodun or a good ol biggun. One or the other.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    This was the neighbor swarm much easier. IMG_1506.jpg

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    Good for you! You use a regular shop vac or did you have a special one?

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    Used a regular 2 hp shop vac from Costco. But will probably be making a special 5 gallon one if I keep getting calls and might start charging to do it.

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    Default Re: Second swarm of the year

    I gave them a couple of hours and they balled up more than in the pic. It is the biggest swarm I have ever seen I'm guessing about 30-40 thousand. They filled up 2 10 frame deeps. I checked the hive they came off and it had 20 queen cells. I split them up but they will be a challenge because of the lack of bees. Has anyone ever taken bees from a swarm and put them on splits from the hive they came off so? Any help in that area would be great.

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