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1st Swarm Of 2009
« on: February 27, 2009, 06:59:17 PM »
Irwin, I hope you appreciate me wearing the jester hat, had a small crowd of people luaghing their butts off but I told them I had to get a pic w/ the hat on for Irwin!

Pics of 1st swarm of 2009 http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/February272009?authkey=Gv1sRgCNiImN7ggOzAvgE#slideshow


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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009, 07:14:06 PM »
JP, as I said in chat, you funneeeeee dude.  I loved the jester hat and that will make Irwin go wild, trying now to compete with ya.  Nice swarm catch, by the way, the  blob of bees in the tree looked pretty ding dang cool!!  Have that wonderfully great and most awesome day, love our life.  Cindi
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009, 07:50:00 PM »
What a pretty tree too!  Is it a jujube?

After you get the critters all marched into the box, do you seal up with duct tape??

Beautiful!

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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 07:59:00 PM »
What a pretty tree too!  Is it a jujube?

After you get the critters all marched into the box, do you seal up with duct tape??

Beautiful!

As for as I know its called a holly berry tree.

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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009, 08:48:44 PM »
Jim Stokes, one of our beemaster members will be getting this swarm and I'm happy to give them to him. We will be meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. I'll try and get some pics if its not raining too hard.


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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 09:19:54 PM »
Cool.
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 09:57:00 PM »
JP

When you duct tape them up, where is the ventilation for them??

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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009, 12:22:56 AM »
JP

When you duct tape them up, where is the ventilation for them??

Good question Annette. I cut slits in the top of this box and when its really hot out, I cut slits on the top, sides and bottom.
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 03:53:42 AM »
Wonderful info, so exciting, can't wait to see what the tally will be for 2009!

Checked my 3 colonies, they are doing famously, I hope no swarming, I gave them lot's of room, we'll see what nature does!


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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2009, 09:50:47 AM »
Thanks JP nice hat pic's were great. Yes Cindi I will have to find a funny hat and take a pic. This may take some time to top JP :-D
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2009, 10:14:06 AM »
I keep thinking,, how PO are they after you let them outta the box. I know the reality of it but it seems funny to me thinking about it that way. LOL And ya thats some hat you got there JP.
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 10:19:51 AM »
I keep thinking,, how PO are they after you let them outta the box. I know the reality of it but it seems funny to me thinking about it that way. LOL And ya thats some hat you got there JP.

As long as you give them feed which I do via a syringe they're generally fine in attitude, no feed, not happy campers, but still a swarm is just a bunch of bees with no hive to protect so 99.9% of the time they are just fine to work with.


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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 02:23:56 PM »
So I got to meet another beemaster member and give he and his wife Liz some bees. Very nice people, it was a real pleasure meeting you Jim and Liz, hope they do well for you.

Jim and Liz

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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2009, 07:27:19 PM »
I don't see the swarm hat.. :(   What a nice thing to do! & they got the genuine JP swarm box too!  J
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2009, 08:23:19 PM »
I don't see the swarm hat.. :(   What a nice thing to do! & they got the genuine JP swarm box too!  J




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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2009, 10:58:55 PM »
Oh JP, yo' the man!!!  What a great thing to do and Jim and Liz looked absolutely thrilled to death, yay!!!  Have a wonderful day, life.  Cindi
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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2009, 12:59:30 PM »
Syringe feeding? Please share!

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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2009, 01:28:04 PM »
Syringe feeding? Please share!

I have a very large syringe I got from my friend Bailey. I can feed swarms w/ sugar water using the syringe pushing it through the box and injecting the feed. Keeps them happy and fed until the transfer.


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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2009, 02:56:06 PM »
Is that the same as a turkey baster??

Also JP please forgive me for asking silly questions, but regarding this swarm, it was wrapped around the tree.  Did you just brush it into the box????

You know I am counting down the days until I start to get some phone calls.

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Re: 1st Swarm Of 2009
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2009, 02:59:52 PM »
More questions:::

When you get the queen into the box, I see you just leave the lid pryed open a bit and the rest just walk on in. How long does it take before they all walk in???  Do you have to wait until late evening to get them all in??

Also once you get them home, if it is in the evening, would you wait until the morning to dump them into a hive????

Thanks so much
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