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Grey Goose.

These 4 swarms in the last 10 days are at my house in a suburban area. I have one Cordovan nuc at my house, shake out package bees and an itinerant Koehnan Queen that was loose on the outside of a package.

On the first warm days , there where NO snoopoers, so all of these bees are most likely from "Beehavers". My yards are 10 miles or more away. Same here no early snoopers

They look Russian to me, not Cordovan , so not mine. I am still not the best at telling what kind they are.

IFFF they where mine, I would not keep them. There is reason to believe that mean hive swarm close, and gentle hive swarm far away. By keeping your own close swarms, you may get meaner bees. I did not known this trend, so meaner must come from crossing itself, I I will hope for the long distance swarms.

If one our queens runs out of space, we are not doing our jobs, and shame on us. Crowded queens do not lay as many eggs as those with plenty of room to lay. More bee, more honey, right Ron? Same I "try" to stop the swarming, most of the time I succeed but it seems some still find they way.

I wounder what the price of packages would be if all of those that let their bees swarm this year did not need to urchse more next year?
The price for what you actually get is crazy, I wonder what the price would be if there were almost no winter loss? I Know some beehavvers who purchase packages each spring and they do not make the winter.

Crazy Roland
Comments. in line in your quote. Hope you have a great year. been wet here so I am thinking the dearth will be delayed.
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I had some yard work to do near one of the swarm hives( a swarm that landed in empty equipment). Had nearly a dozen (one at a time) "buzzers" that keep flying around my face. Killed all of them, and they where all "Clear with a black butt" .. The abdomen is yellow with no stripes until the end , where it is all black , not banded like an Italian. And they propolize everything.

I can not afford to let those genes into my gene pool, so I will hunt down the queen and strike ALL of the drone brood. A Strachan NWC is to arrive on Thursday. Good ridance.

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Still in the bee business?
 

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WOW!!!!!! this thread is like a car crash and i cant turn away. when i had my colon surgery i didnt take advice from my surgeon either i explained to him my way was better .
 

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Scooby is an interesting guy. You can follow his exploits by searching Youtube for Scooby's Scoop. Nothing recent regarding the hives but there is some footage of riding a motorcycle in Peru. I don't think 10,000 is going to happen this year either.
 

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Did you ever make the 100 mark that year? The blog stops abruptly without any follow up. Seems like long ago, wait, it was.
 

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Joshua, aka Scooby is on a FB page I admin, this is his most recent update.

I have asked him to come over and give you a first person update.

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Does Scooby know that bees do not see the color red? Hope to hear from him. His latest video titled yellow bird left me puzzled.
 

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Scooby acknowledged that he hasn't been by this thread, said he was busy pouring cement for a "garage/honey house"

Today's post by the Scoobs' illustrates his major new expansion.

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Ah, the doubters are here still today. The expansion is going very well JW.
The trailer you posted is already spoken for on a hobby farm for next year with 16 colonies on it.
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I now have a second trailer, and I am far from done. These little 12-20 colony trailers will make it easy to find hosts. I will most likely stick to small trailers for a couple years while I keep buying equipment. My honey haul this year will be almost 3000#.
I am not at the numbers I said originally, mostly because I am selling nucs like crazy. I have sold close to 50 nucs so far. This has helped fund my expansion, but has kept my numbers lowish. I am also moving out of my back yard next year with the bee colonies, and into farms.
The honey house pad is poured. It came out very nice. Full disclosure its a honey house, with 2 car garage. It will however have a seperate wall, and entry and be an inspected commercial kitchen.
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Time for your 5 month check up :D
 

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I too have been looking forward to an update! Any more trailers?
 
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