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 on: Today at 08:13:36 AM 
Started by tefer2 - Last post by tefer2
I'll call Mann Lake and see what they have for me, thanks

 on: Today at 08:07:24 AM 
Started by capt44 - Last post by tefer2
Gee capt, I thought you were suppose to take it easy? huh

 on: Today at 07:53:19 AM 
Started by Jedda - Last post by Lone
You are very brave!

 on: Today at 07:05:33 AM 
Started by Jedda - Last post by Jedda
"Ding ding, round two!"

 I was discussing with the missus a couple of days ago how I was lucky to be around when the bees swarmed or I would have never noticed. Today I noticed they had swarmed again when I spotted a small ball of bees in the bushes where the first swarm queen had spent a few minutes. I only spotted them because I was watching the drum bees flight path up over the bush and tracking a drone at the time. They were calm and appeared to have been there for quite a while, but who knows. Told the missus who wasn't very happy about my plans to try messing with the bees again, but because this swarm was soo much smaller I felt less intimidated by it.

 I prepared for battle quickly this time as everything was ready from the last swarm catch attempt, but this time lit the smoker straight away and got it good and smokey and put on some gloves straight away. I'm glad I did as this swarm turned out to behave in the exact same manner as the last one, fairly calm and happy till I started messing with it! This time after I sprayed them with sugar water, I decided to just shake them straight into their new home as the swarm was in my yard and I wanted to keep that swarm spot so it can attract any other swarms that may emanate from the drum hive. I put the box with empty frames about a foot below them on a ladder and shook the bush hard and most of the swarm fell onto it. I waited to see if the bees would calm down like they always seem to do on youtube videos but just as last time they were into me, so I slowly backed away from them then proceeded to spend a couple of minutes smoking myself to drive away the angry buzzers that wanted to commit hari cari on me. One couldn't be dissuaded no matter how much smoke she got and insisted on attempting to sting my leg so she got a good hard flick, something I noticed last swarm catch would injure a stinging bee enough that they couldn't return for another attempt.

 I gave the swarm 20 minutes to calm down and then attempted to approach them so I could start putting a lid on. The bees were still sitting on top of the box and a small group on the bush. As soon as I got within their "perimeter" I had bees buzzing the veil so I backed off and smoked the bees harassing me. I tried again and was again repelled back. Id watched a youtube video of an impatient bee keeper smoking a swarm into a box so decided Id had enough and would use that approach since it was getting late in the day. I got the smoker really going then went in and turned the air white with thick smoke, put the lid half on then backed off and observed the effect. No bees dared to harass me that time and a good deal of bees took refuge inside the box. I went straight back in and smoked the bush even more and this time held my ground till I could see them all fleeing for the box.

I gave them a good 2 hours to compose themselves, and after the sun had set closed the lid. Only 1 bee came out and it angrily buzzed across the top of the box at me but remained grounded on the box while I carried it across to the stand next to the drum hive. While I was setting the box in position I had the opportunity to hear the new queen in the drum hive piping, so made the end of this swarm capture pretty cool. I placed a larger piece of old comb with honey in the box this time, so hopefully these girls will stay.

 on: Today at 04:31:31 AM 
Started by GSF - Last post by BlueBee
Then there was that previous Governor of South Carolina; Republican Mark Sanford.  Didnít he claim he was out looking for coyotes on the Appalachian trail when nobody could find him?  Was that part of the Coyote principle too?

 on: Today at 04:17:57 AM 
Started by buzzbee - Last post by BlueBee
Is it time to go over or turn around and revolt?
Maybe it's time we put a woman in charge for a change  Smiley

 on: Today at 12:02:18 AM 
Started by capt44 - Last post by capt44
I have several swarm traps (flower pot type) I am cutting the comb out and putting in frames.
I had to have some help but I sat in a chair and rubber banded the comb in and a helper put the frames in hives for me.
I cut out 5 swarm traps and I called it quits for the day.
Fact is I haven't been able to get back out there for 2 days now.
But I get these tubes out of my stomach Wednesday and look out.
Here's a picture of me doing the cut outs.
If you look under the table you can see one of my drain tubes which gets tangled up in everything.
At least the bees were calm.

 on: September 21, 2014, 10:59:25 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by sawdstmakr
Congratulations Gary.

 on: September 21, 2014, 10:57:29 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by Dallasbeek
Newer books are not always the better books, like new guys are not always the better guys.  Sometimes, maybe, but not always.  Just hang in there, Sunshine, and see who prevails.  Like I said, I'm 78, but I've outlived a bunch of guys who thought they'd see me down.  And I'm not finished yet with living.

 on: September 21, 2014, 10:47:17 PM 
Started by beemaster - Last post by minz
I got a call last Tuesday, elk down 2.5 miles into hard terrain, high elevation.  I had the lightest pack and was the last one out of the woods by about 30 minutes.  Those 30 year old kids with 80 lb packs left me in the dust. 
One of the kids at work asked me for a reference book. I gave it to him and he laughed that the copy was older than him. Sad part was it was one of my newer books. 

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