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  1. #21
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    "Anyone have any clue how we should collect this clothing-like swarm wrapped around this eucalyptus tree?"

    Scoop them into the box with you hands. Swarms tend to be good tempered I am told.
    I have never had the opportunity to do this myself, so take it for what it is worth.

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  3. #22
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    Soar,

    That’s swarm is perfect for a bushkill bee vac!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soarwitheagles View Post
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    Anyone have any clue how we should collect this clothing-like swarm wrapped around this eucalyptus tree? Tonight JRG suggested we simply place a baited box right next to it!
    Get this tool and scoop/dump them into your box:
    http://www.leevalley.com/us/hardware...120,33277&ap=1

    ......perfect for harvesting most small berries.....
    And the bees too, I think.
    I mean to get one.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Soar,

    That’s swarm is perfect for a bushkill bee vac!
    Charlie,

    Unfortunately, someone in the bushkill family died and now they are not sure if they will remain in business.

    Did you purchase one and if yes, how did you like it?

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    I caught two more, one yesterday and one the day before.
    The count in my traps is now three.
    The first one, a couple of weeks ago had a yellow marked queen. I know where she came from. I haven't done a full inspection on the new two yet.
    I am almost finished with splitting the hives near the traps....so am hoping that any additional caught swarms will be from someone else's yard.
    Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson

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    We reached the magic number of 5 caught swarms in the last week or so. A far cry compared to last year. I think having the 4th highest amount of rainfall in recorded history has a lot to do with this...well, at least that is my hope. We are still hoping for and waiting for the swarm madness to begin...

    Cloudy and cool again today...and some rain this evening too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soarwitheagles View Post
    .... We are still hoping for and waiting for the swarm madness to begin....
    My bet - it will not happen again.
    The bee thieves moved their holdings.
    OR - they got caught.
    No more swarm generator.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    dup
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    I have about 20 traps out and haven't gotten a swarm yet so???
    I generally have very good luck however so they will come around.
    "Challenger" as in the Mopar muscle car. Not a personality description .
    Keeping bees to raise money for chordoma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    My bet - it will not happen again.
    The bee thieves moved their holdings.
    OR - they got caught.
    No more swarm generator.
    Oh my! Come on Greg....where is your faith? I am believing for a miracle swarm year of a minimum of 100 swarms! I would bet you , but I am not a gambling man and besides that, I do not wanna take your money!

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    Just a hunch, soar.
    Just a hunch.

    I have fun reading your reports though!
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Just a hunch, soar.
    Just a hunch.

    I have fun reading your reports though!
    You sound like Sergeant Joe Friday on Dragnet...

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    one more confirmed caught today. #4

    details here
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/sho...53#post1715453
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    Quote Originally Posted by soarwitheagles View Post
    Charlie,

    Unfortunately, someone in the bushkill family died and now they are not sure if they will remain in business.

    Did you purchase one and if yes, how did you like it?
    Soar,

    I made a copy of one and cut out the top to accommodate my detachable blower head. Works great and you donít have to dump bees. Just vacuum them into a super. Perfect for swarms that are on a flat surface like cars or mailboxes here.

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    I'm one for one, and was happy with that. Early last week, a swarm randomly showed up in my backyard. Initially, I thought it was one of my splits that maybe absconded, but both were still there. As far as I can tell, they aren't my bees. I noticed there were a ton of scouts issuing from the swarm to an abandoned hive in the yard. Maybe they needed a breather?
    Season 5. TF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Soar,

    I made a copy of one and cut out the top to accommodate my detachable blower head. Works great and you don’t have to dump bees. Just vacuum them into a super. Perfect for swarms that are on a flat surface like cars or mailboxes here.
    Charlie,

    Can you send me a pic/blue print how to make one?

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    Swarm #5

    It landed in the exact same spot as another different swarm last week! And no, they are not the same swarms [I ran and checked]!

    FYI, nearly every trap barely getting hit by scout bees until yesterday...suddenly, massive scout bees hammering every trap.

    Here's a pic of swarm #1 and swarm #5

    Swarm 5.jpg1.jpg

    UPDATE, READ ALL ABOUT IT!

    Swarm 6 roared in a little after 4 pm!

    Swarm 6b.jpg
    Last edited by soarwitheagles; 04-14-2019 at 05:57 PM.

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    Those are nice sized swarms. Congratulations, soars.
    Season 5. TF.

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    There are YouTube video building instructions.


    QUOTE=soarwitheagles;1715505]
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Soar,

    I made a copy of one and cut out the top to accommodate my detachable blower head. Works great and you don’t have to dump bees. Just vacuum them into a super. Perfect for swarms that are on a flat surface like cars or mailboxes here.
    Charlie,

    Can you send me a pic/blue print how to make one?[/QUOTE]
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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    Soar,

    Go to beevac.com. There are all kinds of plans including bushkill.

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