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Offline jimmy

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1ST ever swarm catch
« on: March 19, 2009, 06:25:17 PM »
Today was a new beginning for me with bees. My daughter who lives in Tylertown,Ms. called me last night that a bunch of bees were on a heavy metal pipe, used as a fence post on their farm. After consulting with JP who lives approx. 75 mis. away ,I decieded to undertake this difficult task for a newbie. I arrived there at daylight to find they had not moved but rather were still visible on top of the open pipe. JP had advised me to take some lemongrass oil, a frame of cut comb, some Fishers' bee quick ,to make the excess bees move out of the pipe and into open air. The bees had pulled an over grown lemon bush down on top of the post . I thought if I snipped that limb off I could pull the entire swarm out of the post in it's entirety. Well everyone knows what can go will go wrong.When I snipped the tough bush I had to use 2 hands, therefore the limb fell on the fence before I could catch it. However the queen stayed in tack . I placed her and other bees in the card board nuc box with the remaining bees flying down ,crawling into the little hole that sort of nuc has. All's well that ends well. I am proud of my wife, Liz, who was with me every step of the way but, that is nothing new in our 41 year relationship. We have truly been a team.

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 06:32:00 PM »
Awesome Job!!!

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 06:34:37 PM »
isn't that fun!  hope you took picture?
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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 06:38:33 PM »
That first swarm is always the best!!! :) :) :)

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009, 07:52:33 PM »
Congrats...That just cemented your addiction. You will never be able to be without bees again.  :shock:

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2009, 08:08:24 PM »
Yeh, The first swarm is the best!...Then the second swarm is the best!.......Then the third swarm is the best!.....then the,.......well......anyways,...........

With my first swarm, I was late for work! I had a mess of em in a tree in my back yard!..But, I couldnt pass this up! It was GREAT!!!...and nobody to help me!!! It was like, uhhhh.....Really nerve racking!!
I got stung for my first time during that catch...13 times!..on my ankles!
 I dropped the swarm in a box, then into a hive box...then realized I didnt have a bottom underneath the box :shock:
I had to walk about 60 feet or so carrying the hive body with bees falling out the bottom, onto my shoes and sox, then stinging me on the ankles.I was wearing shorts....no shirt,( as I didnt want to sweat up my clean work shirt)...no veil.....nothing.....And I only got stung on the ankles! I was really lucky!
For me, every catch seems easier than the one before..Ive only made about 6 or 7 catches last year,.....My biggest problem was making them stay with me!..Most of mine would fly away in a few days after I caught them, but now I know what to do with a queen excluder! :-D
Way to go on the catch, and watch...you'll probably have another one in a couple a days!!
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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2009, 10:50:29 PM »
congratulations on your firsts swarm catch jimmy,your probably hooked now.  bill

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2009, 11:20:35 PM »
Yes I am hooked on bees .There are worst and more expensive hobbies .

Some one asked when my annivesary was ,this comming December 1, will be our 42nd.

Johnnybigfish I did have a coulpe bees go up my pants leg and sting me but,not sure if I could stand 13 stings. I got stung behind the ear earlier in the week handling someone elses bees.
Thats 3 times this year .I ready don't mind except in the head region, is more painful.

BTW : I'm not looking for swarms t but rather, my interest is  in  bee survival.

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2009, 12:36:19 AM »
So do I take it you went back to your daughters and they were all tucked in tight? Sounds like they were since you are reporting a success story, good for you Jimmy!


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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2009, 06:37:31 PM »
JP  : Let hive set until dark to make sure all bee were off post then taped little hole on nuc with world famous duck tape . Brought to my house and installed in a regular 10 frame hive. Could not find queen,I wanted to mark her.Just untrained eyes.

Thanks for all your support  JP.

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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2009, 09:25:08 PM »
I love catching swarms! I think that it is even more addictive than keeping bees is.
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Re: 1ST ever swarm catch
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2009, 11:43:12 PM »
Jimmy, now you must really feel like you have fallen under the spell of the honeybee, as has your Wife, Liz.  Great, what a fantastic experience you had, now you just won't be able to wait for the next swarm call, it will come.....beautiful day in our great lives, health.  Cindi
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