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May 29th and still waiting on the first swarm call

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Here it is May 29th, and I'm still waiting to get my first swarm call here in North-West Pennsylvania.

I've gotten one call to do a cutout, and that is it so far. I haven't even heard of any swarms in the area yet - although I do have a beekeeper's meeting this Sunday, so may hear about swarms there.

Currently I have 12 swarm traps placed. I seen several bees at several of them checking them out, so I'm hopeful I'll get a couple swarms that come right to me.

But it's depressing to see on the board here all these people having swarms or getting calls and here I am - waiting!!
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Here it is May 29th, and I'm still waiting to get my first swarm call here in North-West Pennsylvania.

I've gotten one call to do a cutout, and that is it so far. I haven't even heard of any swarms in the area yet - although I do have a beekeeper's meeting this Sunday, so may hear about swarms there.

Currently I have 12 swarm traps placed. I seen several bees at several of them checking them out, so I'm hopeful I'll get a couple swarms that come right to me.

But it's depressing to see on the board here all these people having swarms or getting calls and here I am - waiting!!
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One call so far, but swarm took off before we could get there. Several calls for cut outs.
According to the Ohio State University Extension Office, we are a month behind where we should be. Flowers blooming, fields being planted, so I figure we may start getting a few more calls.
 

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Mr. Beeman - regarding the feral colonies, I know of 5 different feral colonies - 3 in hollow trees, 1 in an old abandoned house, and 1 in the eves of a lived in house. All of them survived except for one in a hollow tree, but that is because the top of the tree came off in a storm during the winter. The other 4 feral colonies are doing just fine. (I do have swarm traps set up at each place.)

LSBees - Thank you. I have now registered.
 

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As far as feral colonies are concerned, I recently collected one that should go in the 'books'!!
New Haven, Connecticut, within sight of the harbor was a very large colony attached to the outside of a steeple!!! They survived over this past winter outside!!! I still can't believe it. I am going to try and attach a link to some pics.
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I put a swarm trap up in a deer stand on our property and have noticed bees are checking it out. I stopped by tonight, and there were probably 10 or so flying around, going in, coming out - so I'm hopeful a swarm will move in.

This swarm trap happens to be on an electric line right of way that goes through woods. I know there is a feral colony somewhere near there, because I know of at least two swarms that have flown from the woods and passed right near my house.

I figured with the bees checking out that swarm trap, I decided to put another one nearby in the hopes if the first one doesn't entice, this second one will.
 

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I'm not on a swarm registry yet but my bait hives in Northeast PA haven't seen any activity yet. I know there are bees in the area since they were all over equipment I was preparing before I brought bees to the farm back in April. This is my first season in PA so I don't know what's normal. (As if anything is normal with bees.)

The only nearby swarm I've heard about was at a hotel in Clarks Summit where the management killed them by spraying with pesticide.

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The deer stand bait hive was very busy today. So busy in fact, I thought possibly a swarm had moved in.

I climbed up and lifted the box, nope no residents yet - just lots of bees flying around, flying in, flying out. I'm thinking within a few days they will move in.

Oddly enough, the other hive trap I put nearby doesn't have any activity.
 

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Well, it wasn't a swarm call I got but just happened to be driving down the road and saw "something" in a bush. After I passed it I thought to myself "Was that a swarm in a bush or something that just looked like it?" I backed up and yes, it was a smaller swarm - probably 1 1/2 - 2 pounds. I'm assuming it's a secondary swarm. But finally - June 5 - my first swarm of the year.
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