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skatesailor
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« on: October 21, 2012, 02:42:51 PM »

Reduced my hives down and set up for winter a couple of weeks ago. Everything looked good and settled. I was cleaning up the barnyard for a nice winter's nap today with winds gusting to 20 mph. Next thing I knew I was in a cloud of bees that were having a tough time holding the swarm together. Eventually a large softball sized swarm settled and was hived. I probably will do a pinch and combine this week but was wondering if anybody else has had this late of a swarm or an explanation. Goldenrod has been dead for about 2 weeks here.
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 04:50:52 PM »

Make sure you do not have an empty hive somewhere. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 05:25:56 PM »

Checked all my hives and didn't see any abnormal behavior.  That sized swarm wouldn't be so evident in a full hive so I probably missed it. In 50+ yrs of beekeeping though I never had this happen.
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012, 05:48:06 PM »

Swarm in July, let them fly.   What is a swarm in October worth?
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2012, 08:39:11 PM »

down here i have gotten swarms in november.  i hive them and feed them.  they do good down here but our winters are very mild.
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most often i find my greatest source of stress to be OPS  ( other peoples stupidity )

It is better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open ones mouth and in so doing remove all doubt.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2012, 10:34:22 PM »

supersedure queen went on mating flight and a handful of workers got confused.  we called the "pop up" swarms way back when. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2012, 02:45:42 PM »

Very interesting that you have experienced the latest swarm in 50 yrs. Glad you shared that news.
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Drew
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