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Author Topic: Okay to capture a swarm early in the morning?  (Read 1105 times)
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« on: May 25, 2011, 06:57:21 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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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 07:31:10 PM »

Suit up well. They may be in cluster mode. If so, they will be mean.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 07:36:10 PM »

Go for it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 07:36:19 PM »

also check before you go. they may be gone by morning.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 08:02:15 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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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 08:03:20 PM »

They just got hailed on. I'll bet they're grumpy.
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 08:07:00 PM »

cover yourself well.  swarms in storms can be nasty.
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2011, 02:51:06 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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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2011, 07:00:32 PM »

Sounds good, bet they were glad to find a dry place and a roof over their heads.
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2011, 08:48:41 PM »

You done good Liz applause applause
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2011, 08:57:01 PM »

Way to go
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2011, 11:06:19 PM »

Very nice!  Smiley
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