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Offline TwoHoneys

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Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« on: May 25, 2011, 07:57:21 PM »
I have an opportunity to collect a nice-sized swarm that settled in today. However, I can't get there tonight, and I have to work tomorrow...I'd like to collect the bees in the morning at around 7AM. Is that a good idea? I've never tried it so early in the morning and don't know what to expect.

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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 08:31:10 PM »
Suit up well. They may be in cluster mode. If so, they will be mean.
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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 08:36:10 PM »
Go for it.

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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 08:36:19 PM »
also check before you go. they may be gone by morning.
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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 09:02:15 PM »
I got a call last week that a swarm settled on a limb at 3:30pm.  It was a little drive and my girls had two softball games so I asked him to call me if they were there in the morning.  6:00 am came and they were long gone.

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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 09:03:20 PM »
They just got hailed on. I'll bet they're grumpy.
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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 09:07:00 PM »
cover yourself well.  swarms in storms can be nasty.
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 03:51:06 PM »
Thanks for the encouragement, friends. I collected a nice swarm of bees this morning...after they endured pummeling by hail and a beating by storms all night long. Rather than being angry, they were extremely docile. Wet clusters of them were in the grass when I arrived at 6:30AM, but most were still waiting quietly on a low branch for me. I put them in a bee-worn, dry box with some old comb...they began perking up on the ride home, and they were soon flying around in their new yard. I'm calling them the "Hailey" hive.

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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 08:00:32 PM »
Sounds good, bet they were glad to find a dry place and a roof over their heads.
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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 09:48:41 PM »
You done good Liz X:X X:X
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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 09:57:01 PM »
Way to go

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Re: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2011, 12:06:19 AM »
Very nice!  :)

 

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