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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi, Yesterday I finally captured a swarm for my first hive and in my excitement put a thin leafy 20" cherry branch inside the hive. The stragglers had swarmed on this branch and thought it would be the best way to make sure they all got in... It is a top bar hive set up to keep the bees in the...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    2nd year- on to a new set of problems. Came home for lunch and heard a roar overhead. Saw a freeway of bees leaving my yard and making their way into the forest. I followed them to a tree where they would cluster about 15 feet off the ground. Called our local swarm catcher and paid him $20...
  3. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My bees swarmed Thursday it rained on them Thursday though Saturday. I captured them in a box and awaited a new hive to arrive Sunday. Placed them in the new hive with LGO Sunday afternoon, in 3 hours they swarmed again.
  4. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    How would you handle this situation? Bees on a cairn? My gut says it could have been done better than what we did. Run down of what happened: -My dad has kept bees in the past, didn't have any as of yesterday, but did have equipment. Heard a swarm, walked to the nextdoor neighbor's house and...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Dear all, I have the possibility to work with the firemen of my city to remove wild swarms and keep them. According to their statistics, they remove nearly 2000 swarms a year, which would be totally free for me. I'm in northern Mexico so we have Africanized bees. I keep being told by other...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I got this queen 1 year ago (April). I do recall her bees bearding a lot last year. didn't think much about it as it was early summer. But they are doing it again. It is March 30. East Texas - plums, pears, peaches have already bloomed. She was strong going into the winter and strong...
  7. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Ok, so this morning while gardening I saw a swarm of bees (probably mine) hanging off a garden trellis. I captured it which was actually really easy. I took an empty super (with frames) put it on a storage container lid so it would have a bottom, picked up the flower pot the bees were clumped...
  8. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello and Happy Easter. I was doing some yard work today when I noticed that one of my hives got "crazy". While I was put hose on shower mode, the got more and more in the air. I don't know if showering them did anything or not, but they started swarming and settled on the tree very close and...
  9. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    One of my hives swarmed yesterday and landed in a lilac bush in my neighbor's yard. I was able to set up a hive under the bush and shook the swarm into the boxes. All went well and I left them there for the afternoon because there were still lots of bees around the base of the bush and I...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello all, I am preparing for the swarm trapping season in my area of central California specifically San Luis Obispo and am wondering what the legal regulations are for hanging swarm traps on state owned land. Obviously I wouldn't hang traps on private property but if there is a nice tree off...
  11. Bee Forum
    My 2 hives bombed this year. For future reference: if I want to capture a swarm next year, would it make sense to put lemongrass oil [or some lemon-scented stuff) into a super -- with frames -- and place in a fruit tree, maybe 6-7 feet above the ground? A local old-time beek suggested this to me...
  12. Bee Forum
    I've successfully trapped a swarm using a deep nuc as a bait have about 12 feet up in a tree. They have been very busy for about a week and a half. I just covered the entrance this morning. Should I wait a day with it covered and leave them shut in? Or can I simply move the hive to their new...
  13. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    A colony of bees that has been living in an abandoned compost box on the side of my house has swarmed today. They settled into a nearby tree on my property. I'm very excited as I have been wanting to get into beekeeping for a while and today I have my chance! I have a couple of hives that I set...
  14. Welcome Forum
    Hello Bee World! I am Elated to no longer be a wannabee, but have a bee two or three or 400. There's got to be poetry in there somewhere, or perhaps a country-western song or at least some rap lyrics I built a top bar hive out of an old cedar fence my neighbor tore down; ripped the top bars...
  15. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I got a call the night before to pick up a swarm of bees from a home in the suburbs of Sydney Australia. The swarm is rather large about the size of two basketballs. I shake the bees into a box, wait for any flying bees to return to the box, then house them in a new hive. The next video shows...
  16. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I've trapped a swarm in a 5 frame deep nuc and need to relocate it to the bee yard. I know I need to move it because it seems that there are hundreds/thousand or so bees that are constantly (day and night) bearding on the face and beneath the hive. I live in coastal NC and its been in the high...
  17. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    This is the 5th swarm I've caught this year plus a trap out, I need to put these in a double deep this weekend if they don't leave, glad I finally got to see a swarm come in. We are having a huge flow of White Clover, Cascara and Himalaya blackberries I'm about 75 miles south of Laurie Miller's...
  18. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hey there! This is my first year to attempt expanding my bee yard by capturing a swarm. I setup three traps made of card board nuc boxes I had laying around with two frames of drawn comb and three new frames with foundation. I taped a pheromone lure from Mann Lake to the inside top of the box...
  19. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I was wondering if there is a "Swarm Month" or a time when they show up more often then usual? Obviously they're not common in the winter, but is it just all spring long or only when there is a flow?
  20. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Looking to post this around my office as well as on my social media accounts. Unfortunately, I could not get the file small enough with the pictures included to post as a PDF here; so the large void areas are where I have pictures of various swarms inserted. Looking for some feedback or...
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