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Offline KONASDAD

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Late Season Swarm
« on: August 20, 2008, 11:26:58 AM »
I got a call yesterday for a swarm. these days of the year, they are always paper wasps, hornets etc. I asked a hundred questions and realized, just maybe the homeowner was right. They were only 5 miles down the road, so off I went. Honeybees!!! Pretty nice size too, about 4lbs. I combined to a weak hive after removing the existing queen to a nuc just in case. Felt good to get just one more as fall is definitely approaching.
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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008, 11:33:36 AM »
If its still warm you could get a swarm, don't forget they may have simply absconded from a felled tree or failed attempt by someone to 86 them from a wall void or something.

Great catch.


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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2008, 02:09:03 PM »
I got one too about a week or so ago.  I figure this time of year the hives are so full of honey and somebody forgot to check and add supers so they got full and split.  I figure with a bit of feeding (8 weeks left to do that) they should have a full deep by winter and that should do them fine.

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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008, 02:12:43 PM »
Congrats on the catch.

Will you overwinter your removed queen in the nuc or try to build it up into a deep before then?

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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008, 05:21:24 PM »
Got a call the other day from my niece who's friend was freaking out about a swarm in a tree in her front yard.  She said it was three seperate swarms.  Sounded doughtful to me but at least my neice knows a honey bee when she sees one.  The swarm had left by the time I got to the location.  From discriptions it was a very large swarm that had to cluster in 3 seperate but branches of the tree.

Sounded like a hive abconding to me.  The gal wanted to know why the bees would leave so soon after alighting (2 hours) and I advised her "because they had a place all picked out and was only taking a breather."

There was still about 50 bees buzzing around the tree but nothing to hive so it might be viewed as a wasted trip but I did educate some people a little about bees and they and the neighbors now know who to call in case they have another one.
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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 11:06:22 AM »
Congrats on the catch.

Will you overwinter your removed queen in the nuc or try to build it up into a deep before then?

- Jess

 
I dont intend to overwinter nucs if I can help it. Too small and need to much attention. She is not a great queen either. One of my purvis queens. I will probably 86 her after i determine other hive health parameters.
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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008, 05:38:50 PM »
They flew the coop,....
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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2008, 10:13:53 PM »
your purvis queens are not good ?

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Re: Late Season Swarm
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2008, 05:05:20 PM »
your purvis queens are not good ?

Just one is a dud so far. I am still on fence w/ the purvis queens. They were very swarmy but so were all bees this year in our area. I will continue to experiment w/ them as well as vp queens and my ferals as well. I think all beeyards need more diversity just in case you get superceded.
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