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« on: May 05, 2009, 01:55:34 PM »

Just thought I'd share a couple of pics of my first two swarms of the year.  the first was an east swarm on a hedge rwo an the second was 20 ft up on a roof edge lined with terracotta tile... that was not so fun... i think im going to build a bee vac to save some time in getting the "leftovers"




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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 08:00:29 PM »

Congratulations!! Wildbeekeeper on catching your swarms

I hope there will be many more swarms come your way
Here a link to to Robo Page to build a Beevac
 http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekeeping/bee-vac/
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 08:18:22 PM »

thanks for the link... I actually found it earlier and bought the supplies to build it today Smiley  now the fun begins!  fortunately (or not) its going to be colder with rain this week so little chance for swarms and good opportunity to build the bee vac!
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 08:29:06 PM »

Nice looking swarms, the second one looks like a monster!


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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009, 08:45:45 PM »

thanks for the link... I actually found it earlier and bought the supplies to build it today Smiley  now the fun begins!  fortunately (or not) its going to be colder with rain this week so little chance for swarms and good opportunity to build the bee vac!

You are welcome
Can you post Picture of your beevac?

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 09:41:23 PM »

Judging by the cinderblocks in the wall it is at least 20" long

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 10:38:19 PM »

the second was a monster!  itw as actually a little over three ft long and THICK with bees.... had to sweep several times to get them all and fortunately got the queen right away....i put the nuc box on the roof top and most of the bees went in but i had to make a several more sweeps and swept the bees onto a frame and placed it up near the nuc and they went in.....a bee vac would definately have been an asset.

When i dumped them into the hive they took up a good portion of frames....never did weigh them

As for the bee vac, once im done building it i will post pictures!
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2009, 10:52:59 PM »

Good going Wildbeekeeper!!!  That swarm along the wall did look rather massive, keep on keepin' on.  Have that best and most wonderful day, health.  Cindi
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