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« on: May 09, 2011, 11:15:59 AM »

Got a call Friday evening about a large swarm that originated from this weekends coming up cutout. The swarm was about 5' long tear drop shaped in a maple tree anout 15' up. Started clearing branches and setting up and they took off and landed on the homowners wood shake roof. I wasn't sure how to collect them, as about half the bees were in the air and they were spread out in about a 4' x 4' circle acouple of inches deep on the steep slop of the roof. I noticed that they were gradually moving lower on the roof so I set up two mediums baited with lemon grass and they sorta moved in.







Only problem was when I went back to get them I found that they couldn't all fit in the two boxes.



Had two add a third box Saturday (thank you Michael), and put up an umbrella (cajun trick) to give the box some shade as it was blazing hot in the sun.

Did the trick.  ...Don


 
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2011, 12:43:47 PM »

I'll check this when I get home from work. The umbrella part caught my eye!! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2011, 12:58:27 PM »

You need a Brushkill bee vac.

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 01:32:18 PM »

Wow, that's a good swarm there! Cool to see them just move in.
Now it'll make your cutout easier because at least half of the bees are out.  grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2011, 01:46:03 PM »

Good job! The cut out most likely has a new virgin (or will soon) be careful not to destroy the queen cells!

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011, 01:51:54 PM »

Good job! The cut out most likely has a new virgin (or will soon) be careful not to destroy the queen cells!

Scott

Your right I'm half thru and I've found about a dozen swarms cells. There already in frames and put up gently.

Very productive big colony, tons of honey and brood, but they are a bit pissy.

Thanks Scott


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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2011, 06:05:46 PM »

I find the term "pissy" in my hive notes sometimes. I think JP really got that started as a Bee adjective.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2011, 08:36:21 PM »

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = ?


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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2011, 11:53:13 AM »

That was very cool how they just went into the super by themselves. What an unbelievable swarm!! Enjoyed how you put the umbrella up there for them, JP would approve that.

Happy for you.

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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2011, 02:00:33 PM »

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = ?


...JP

I'm a rookie remember, I don't know what I don't know.

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = Productive Hive?

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = make splits?

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = Huh?

Pretend I'm schawee for a moment and explain it so he would understand.  grin









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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2011, 02:59:37 PM »

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = ?


...JP

I'm a rookie remember, I don't know what I don't know.

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = Productive Hive?

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = make splits?

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = Huh?

Pretend I'm schawee for a moment and explain it so he would understand.  grin











Bingo!

I would make up several Nucs.


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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2011, 03:06:08 PM »

Lots of queen cells, a good sized swarm = ?


...JP



Pretend I'm schawee for a moment and explain it so he would understand.  grin

I know that was made in jest, but lets remember that schawee is a very knowledgeable beek himself. I would put him in my top 5 of people to ask questions of on this forum.










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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2011, 03:18:41 PM »

Heck, Schawee is teaching me things now, don't need to explain anything to him.


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« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2011, 03:59:00 PM »

Heck, Schawee is teaching me things now, don't need to explain anything to him.


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I'm about schawee's biggest fan, and I just was trying to maybe provide some video dialogue fodder.  grin

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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2011, 10:38:44 PM »

If nothin' else he can teach you how to loose weight Wink

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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2011, 08:37:21 AM »

Scott, I don't think Schawee's got a secret recipe for losing weight, its just that Burger Delight closed down!  grin


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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2011, 09:14:01 AM »

Cool pics. Pun intended. Be careful that you don't spoil them with the umbrella. They will be sitting on the porch waiting for you to bring iced nectar in cocktail glasses before you know it.
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