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  1. Bee Forum
    A few years ago I remember seeing an online video about a really giant swarm high in the trees. They drove a pickup truck under it. In the bed of the truck they placed multiple single deep boxes, each with frames and a new caged queen. They got a rope over the branch and gave it a few yanks...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Bee Forum
    I looking to buy or build a good and appropriate size bee vac for swarm capture. I'd appreciate any recommendations.
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Got a swarm call. When I arrived I found them in a pine tree at about shoulder height, so naturally I thought this would be easy pickens. Placed the box underneath and gave the branch a jolt and 90% of the bees go in box. I close the box and wait for them to fan and watch the rest march in. I've...
  7. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I found a swarm next to one of my hives - the strongest of the two I have. Low in a tree about 15 yards from the original hive. Took a new outfit - bottom board, body, 10 frames - dropped them in with a good shake. Everything seemed to go perfectly. Bees immediately started fanning - some on...
  8. Bee Forum
    I stumbled upon a fascinating series of 8 videos on YouTube called "Heathland Beekeeping" that shows how bees are kept in traditional old-fashioned Skeps in Lower Saxony in Germany. Really cool stuff. I'm amazed at how much work and attention these hives take to maintain. It's cool to see how...
  9. Bee Forum
    One of my hives swarned yesterday and they are about 70 feet up a large oak tree. I put a couple of extra swarm traps out and baited them. Is there anything else I could do? Similar situation a couple years ago and I shot the branch down, but that didn't get me the swarm. It is my strongest...
  10. Bee Forum
    Only 32 days until the Spring Equinox but it's peeking out from behind the equator here in middle Tennessee today. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and it is 66F in the shade (what's that 19C in the rest of the world?). The buttercups are out of the ground, but no blooms in this neck of...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    After collecting swarm..."extra" bees? (or does this mean I really missed the queen?) Hi everyone, This has got to be the best beekeeping forum on the internet, I can't stop reading it :). I'm a newbie beekeeper and have a question about collecting swarmed bees. I collected a wild swarm today...
  12. Bee Forum
    I am trying to figure out the best way to remove a hive of bees from the damaged knot:s-hole of a tree. The hive is not large. I think I could vac out most of them but I am not sure how to get the queen otherwise. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  13. Bee Forum
    I just captured a late season swarm about 3 days ago. They were a cluster of about 3lbs. I put the swarm in a five frame nuc box. The five frames consisted of 2 partially drawn and 3 with new foundation. After about 12 hours in the nuc, the queen was already laying eggs in the partially...
  14. Bee Forum
    I saw a swarm this evening, in northern ca, descended on a eucalyptus tree about 15 ft up in a hollow that used to be one side of a y branch upwards. I didn't know how deep the hollow was at first, and was brushing bees out. I got about half of them into a cardboard box when I saw some old comb...
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