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Wombat2
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« on: March 05, 2014, 06:05:04 AM »

Has anyone experienced diseases or pests being brought into their hives by capturing and introducing a swarm into your apiary?
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 12:16:12 PM »

pests of coarse
disease no
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 12:23:57 PM »

Almost all of my hives were from removals or swarms 2 years ago. They do very well. The one remaining bought hive did have, not make it. I don't think it was from contamination from the other hives.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 09:17:43 PM »

If I can get bees from a tree or an old house, I'll take them anytime over bought bees.
I call them survivor bees.
I bring them in to this bee yard here at the house and put them in a hive.
I watch them for a few days checking them every once in awhile.
Once I see they are okay I move them to another bee yard.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2014, 09:04:36 AM »

I put swarms and cutouts away from my production hives for that season.
When they survive winter and show no major disease, they get added to the mix.

 

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2014, 12:39:25 PM »

Most hive diseases such as foul brood are in contaminated comb. there is a small chance of bringing disease infections with a swarm with their stomachs full of honey,but it is minimal.
This is one slight advantage of a package over a nuc, you are not bringing someone elses problems home with you.
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2014, 12:59:00 PM »

I dont quarantine at all.  My bee's are all on 4 way pallets.  When I find one dead the boxes are removed.  Swarms fill in theses empty spots.  If I dont have a place to put them they are brought back to my farm untill needed.   
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2014, 09:08:34 PM »

>Has anyone experienced diseases or pests being brought into their hives by capturing and introducing a swarm into your apiary?

No.  Never.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2014, 09:52:05 PM »

disease no.

pest yes. I have seen SHB in swarms for sure.
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see my swarms and cut outs at https://www.youtube.com/user/soapy22bullet?feature=mhee

those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2014, 12:21:23 PM »

Same here.
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