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riverrat
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« on: May 27, 2010, 07:19:32 AM »

i thought you all mite enjoy this one. I got a bee call for a swarm that had settled at a local walmart i got home about 9 that evening just getting dark when my son gave me the message i had to go to st Louis early in the morning so i headed out and went to get the swarm it was on a pallet of shelving almost to the top of the store. and a fair sized swarm I got the ladder and set a nuc box over the top of the bees and they started to crawl up into the box. while stand up there waiting on them to get into the box a walmart asset protection employee came with a fork lift and said i couldn't be standing on the top row of shelving because of store policy so he moved the pallet of shelving to the ground. it sure would have been nice if they had done this earlier but no one wanted to do it for fear of being stung but once i was up there without a veil hiving the bees they decided they might be safe. stick with me now heres the kicker. I climb down the ladder and he slowly lowered the pallet to the ground he has the headlights on on the fork lift so i told him he had better turn them off as bees at night are attracted to light. after i finished hiving the swarm. he was telling me that the night before a load of bees had pulled into the parking lot about 8:30 for the night he had to go and run off the trucker and tell him he cant stay there about 30 minutes after he had arrrived. it wasnt the beees the walmart store has a no truck parking policy. with that being said what do you bet i got a box full of queenless lost bees that got left behind when he left. oh well got 40 bucks in my pocket and some bees i can use to boost a weak swarm i picked up the night before. i will give them a few days to see if there might by a slim chance a queen
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 08:00:40 AM »

Rat, ya just teasin' us with your stories without pics, albeit some pretty good stories. Here's hoping to see some pictures of your adventures in the near future, hint, hint!   Wink


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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 09:53:33 AM »

i have gone by those bee trucks. i wonder if sometimes the hives are not well closed.  do they even close them?  maybe you got a good swarm out of them?
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 07:55:45 PM »

Rat, ya just teasin' us with your stories without pics, albeit some pretty good stories. Here's hoping to see some pictures of your adventures in the near future, hint, hint!   Wink


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I would have liked to had pics of that one it was late enough none of the family wanted to go and i forgot my camera
but i will try to post some pics of the next time i get stupid like today did you know it is illegal to hide a weapon on federal property  i was at the st louis arch with my daughter this afternoon they had airport type security to get into the arch no knifes guns or weapons so instead of walking all the way back to the truck to put my knife up i hid it in some mud behind a park bench when i retrieved  it and put it in my pocket federal officers was all over me and my daughter and they already knew what i put in my pocket they gave me the what to for and then  finally let me go but the officers said it was a major crime to hide a weapon of any kind on federal property i didnt get pics of that one either daughter didnt think the officers would appriciate that they wasnt in a joking mood Sad
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