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« on: March 31, 2009, 12:41:49 AM »

Hello everyone! Thought I'd drop in and say hi. I'm new to beekeeping. I've rescued one swarm so far, only to have them abscond a week later.... I could have done a few things better, but I'm learning! Onward and forward.
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 02:54:21 AM »

OK here you are Cheryl. Do you have any hives at all???  That was very brave to try and catch a swarm when you are totally new to this. I am trying to do the same thing. I am on a swarm list and hope to get a call very soon.

What sort of background do you have in beekeeping???  Taken any classes, read books, worked with anyone, etc.Huh  You will learn lots just reading the forum here. I learn something new each and every day I am on this forum.

Good luck to you and welcome to our wonderful group of people.

Sincerely
Annette from Placerville California
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 07:48:22 AM »

Welcome to the forum Cheryl.
Always glad to see another lady being added to those to chat with. They provide some of the best insight.


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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 08:58:57 AM »

Welcome aboard and good luck with the next swarm!
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009, 11:42:08 AM »

Welcome Cheryl, I hope you have better luck in the future.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2009, 04:05:09 PM »

OK here you are Cheryl. Do you have any hives at all???  That was very brave to try and catch a swarm when you are totally new to this. I am trying to do the same thing. I am on a swarm list and hope to get a call very soon.

What sort of background do you have in beekeeping???  Taken any classes, read books, worked with anyone, etc.Huh  You will learn lots just reading the forum here. I learn something new each and every day I am on this forum.

Good luck to you and welcome to our wonderful group of people.

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Annette from Placerville California
Hi Annette,
I have a temporary/makeshift hive, and am in the process of building a TBH out of wood. I'm also interested in working with Papercrete, as I sideline with cement molds anyway.

I have done SOOOO much reading lately (online) and learned SO much!!! My mind is bursting but I want more. I am in love with bees. I have found my life's calling!

In my profile, I have a link to photos of the rescue I did... which is where my avatar is from Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2009, 04:51:11 PM »

OK now it makes sense to me about the avatar.  That is the wildest looking situation ever. You makeshift hive looks to be a cooler with PVC pipes for the topbars?Huh?

HOw long ago did you do this cutout and how are the bees doing now in that cooler?? Do they actually draw out comb from the top of the PVC pipes???

I wish you well and may all your desires be fulfilled.

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2009, 07:07:17 PM »

Cheryl, welcome to our forum, and as Annette said, you are indeed one brave gal to head out to catch that swarm, my hat off to ya!!!  You think that you are in love with the honeybees now, holy smokin' cadoodalhoppers!!!  You ain't seen nuthin' yet, smiling.

Stick around, this will be a place where you can lean on us for advice.  A place to tell your stories, tales and experiences, we love to listen...you will also make some new and great friends too.  Have that most wonderful and awesome day, great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2009, 10:31:33 PM »

Hehe! Well, that colony absconded. They didn't like PVC (I'm guessing) and I had laid their brood comb on the floor of the hive instead of hanging it (d'oh!).

I blogged the entire incident in another group. I should copy all that into this forum. I'll do that... first I'll find the right section and then start a new topic with my saga.

BTW, I heard a swarm go overhead today while I was working outside. I tried to see it, but couldn't. I could tell it was north of me and going west..... I went inside and grabbed my lemongrass oil and put a hefty dose of that on a paper towel and hung it from a tree (near the empty hive) with a clothespin -- because the wind was blowing in the same direction that the swarm took.

What I don't know is if they had only just swarmed, or if they had earlier and were going to a new home.

I know it seems awfully early in the year for swarms, but in my area it isn't. I had my first swarm come through in mid-February..... that is what got me started on all this. They decided to inhabit an owl nest-box I had just built and installed. At first I was irritated by it, but I couldn't believe how fast I fell in love with those bees. I started building them a real home, but they left again. I've been trying for bees ever since!!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2009, 11:05:43 AM »

Hello and Welcome Cheryl
There is alot of great information on the forum !!
The members here are willing help and answer your questions, all you need to do is to ask
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