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JP
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« on: March 20, 2008, 10:01:26 PM »

One was only 2' off the ground, textbook stuff. Put a sheet down, shook 'em in took some pics of the queen, still hate this camera, took some really cool close ups of the queen that came out blurry!

The other swarm was about 14' up, the queen was a feisty one. I shook them into a tupperware box I guess she wanted no part of, flew back up and had to do it again. This time I caged her and set up an enclosed cardboard box with a few small flaps cut. Placed her inside, still in the cage and left them alone while I went and gave another estimate, went back and they were all in the box. Have a great day and weekend everyone.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2008, 01:49:17 AM »

JP

You became the swarm king super bee. How wonderful for you. See Ifound you here.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008, 07:34:25 AM »

JP

You became the swarm king super bee. How wonderful for you. See Ifound you here.

Annette

Annette, thanks for finding me, you didn't have to go far though, I am always right here, look out here comes the swarm king!!! Bahahahaahahaahaahah!!! Dallas just loves to give titles! I guess its better than being the king of nothing, that's what my wife says, I'm the king of nothing, Bahahaahaahaah! Now when she says, hey king of nothing, I can tell her to look at beemaster. She'd probably say something like yeah, king of bugs, such a title, we can put that on your tombstone. Here lies JP, whom was king of some bugs. Hahahaahaahah!

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008, 12:02:36 AM »

   Cool.  Did you use a queen cage or a bug cage?  I still have my slim lines from packages.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008, 12:15:08 AM »

   Cool.  Did you use a queen cage or a bug cage?  I still have my slim lines from packages.


This is the exact cage that I used. Here is a pic of me checking the cage to see if they had released her, which they had done. http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/March212008/photo#5180294922998555682
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2008, 07:44:00 AM »

JP, what the heck are you doing with all these swams and cutouts?  Your apiary must be freakin huge!!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2008, 09:10:11 AM »

JP, what the heck are you doing with all these swams and cutouts?  Your apiary must be freakin huge!!!

Sean Kelly

Sean it is growing by leaps and bounds for sure. I've helped a few people out with their apiaries. Will be off to more today, got some waitin' on me.

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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2008, 09:13:05 AM »

So instead of actually maintaining hives you just go out and collect new ones. I like it. Instead of doing laundry I will just by new clothes each time. Smiley

Another awesome job.

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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2008, 09:18:00 AM »

So instead of actually maintaining hives you just go out and collect new ones. I like it. Instead of doing laundry I will just by new clothes each time. Smiley

Another awesome job.

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Brendhan



Maintaining hives? What's that Brendhan? I just make hives, Bahahahaahaahahah! my established ones have got me busy as well trust me on this dude. They are making babies and honey. I think this will be a good yr for honey! Dude, I know you got to be swimmin' in it as well. You must have to turn down a lot of work with your schedule, don't ya just hate that. Hey, I want them all!

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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008, 09:20:41 AM »

I actually turn down a great many. I have other memebers(PBC Beekeepers) who do cut outs. And as VP it would not be cool for me to take them all. Not only that I have bills to pay. Pesky mortgage.

I could do two a day if I wanted. Don't tell pdmattox he will come down insisting on me letting him do them. Smiley


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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2008, 09:32:35 AM »

I actually turn down a great many. I have other memebers(PBC Beekeepers) who do cut outs. And as VP it would not be cool for me to take them all. Not only that I have bills to pay. Pesky mortgage.

I could do two a day if I wanted. Don't tell pdmattox he will come down insisting on me letting him do them. Smiley


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Brendhan

Throw a dog a bone will ya, I here Dallas is chompin' at the bit! If he fills his days with one more thing he will probably combust, the dude is superman, don't know how he does it all.

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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2008, 09:45:35 AM »

Its Been a fantastic year for swarms for me Six so far two in one spot last monday.yippie
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2008, 10:50:53 AM »

I was just remarking to Greg last night that I have never, ever seen a honeybee swarm, and neither has he.  There was a good sized apiary just around the corner from where I grew up, I'm sure Joe's bees swarmed occasionally, but I never saw one.  Hopefully I won't be seeing mine swarm!  shocked  But it'd be cool to see just one.
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2008, 11:19:35 AM »

I was just remarking to Greg last night that I have never, ever seen a honeybee swarm, and neither has he.  There was a good sized apiary just around the corner from where I grew up, I'm sure Joe's bees swarmed occasionally, but I never saw one.  Hopefully I won't be seeing mine swarm!  shocked  But it'd be cool to see just one.

2 remarkable events to witness are a swarm leave the hive and a virgin queen on a mating flight. I have seen one the mating flight. I have missed a swarm by just a few moments. Next time though.

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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2008, 12:21:03 PM »

I was just remarking to Greg last night that I have never, ever seen a honeybee swarm, and neither has he.  There was a good sized apiary just around the corner from where I grew up, I'm sure Joe's bees swarmed occasionally, but I never saw one.  Hopefully I won't be seeing mine swarm!  shocked  But it'd be cool to see just one.

2 remarkable events to witness are a swarm leave the hive and a virgin queen on a mating flight. I have seen one the mating flight. I have missed a swarm by just a few moments. Next time though.

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Brendhan



Brendhan, describe what you saw with the virgin on her maiden voyage.

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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2008, 12:56:50 PM »

What happened was you see the bees start coming out of the box and you think it is an orientation flight. Then you start noticing more bees. Bigger circles form. Then you start seeing lots of drones. I mean lots of them. The cloud moves out and back and out and back each time going a little further out. I did not see the queen mate. But what you will see are tons of drones exhausted on the ground. Slowly the bees start filtering back to the hive not all at once but gradually. Somewhere in there is a queen in need of a cigarette.

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