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Offline GaryMinckler

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First swarm
« on: May 24, 2009, 09:56:11 PM »


Any ideas on how to catch it?

Offline GaryMinckler

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 06:41:16 PM »
Caught first swarm and it turned into a thriving colony then....
Caught this one too.

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 06:46:23 PM »
those are nice looking swarms!  i like them better when they are hanging off the end of the branch :-).  i am getting lazy in my old age.

those look like keepers.  how many lbs do you think they were?
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Re: First swarm
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2009, 06:53:29 PM »
I sprayed the second swarm witha little sugar syrup before I shook the branch.  When the bees hit the box it almost ripped it out of my hand.  3-4 lbs??

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2009, 06:58:45 PM »
Nice swarms, did you get both of them put up?

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2009, 07:46:05 PM »
Second one has only been a hive 3 hours.  First one is storing honey.

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009, 04:25:29 PM »
Swarm #3.  This swarm landed on exactly the same branch as previous one 8 days ago.

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2009, 04:33:53 PM »
i have picked up a couple that have done that.  one lady has a swarm land in the same tree almost every year.  i don't know if it's scent, genetic memory, or what.  now i always tell people to keep my number.  you never know.....

also took a swarm and had the guy call  me back a few days later to tell me i missed the queen and a small clump of bees were back.  i knew i had her and the bees.  i figure this was an afterswarm maybe led by the same scout bees?  they are interesting critters. 
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Re: First swarm
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2009, 09:45:13 PM »
That swarm looks really big!  Congrats!

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2009, 01:18:35 AM »
Great Job.... do you always get some this late in the year?

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2009, 03:03:59 AM »
I would think this is late for a swarm.  Only my third year so I don't really know if this is abnormally late. One swarm last year that I know and at least 3 this year and 2 in the last 8 days

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2009, 03:14:33 AM »
Nice swarms.  I alway spray with sugar water when hiving a swarm.  We typically have maximum swarming in April and May and then some late season swarms in September.  I always wondered about these late swarms since they are almost certainly doomed to starvation in the wild. i feed them and they have always survived just fine and gone on to be good producers the next year.

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Re: First swarm
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2009, 04:45:38 PM »
All great looking swarms. I'm in southern Wisconsin and had my best swarm season in the last few. Caught several really nice ones and about 4 average sized ones. Just seems like the populations are back up. Not sure if mine were feral or domestic. They are always fun to catch and each one is a bit different.  I generally always give them a gentle spray of sugar water before boxing them.
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