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Offline Joe D

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Something new for me
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:38:34 AM »
Yesterday afternoon went to get a couple of swarms.  When I got there they were about 15 feet apart.  One was 4 to 5 feet high, the other was about 9 to 10 feet high.  Both were fair size, started with the lower swarm.  Held the super under the limb and shook, set the super down for the to all get in.  Went over to the other swarm, took both hands to pull that limb down some and shake.  A lot of them missed that super, bees were flying around pretty good.  They all went into the first super, left it  there for a little, put screen in the entrance, and top on.  Hauled it to bee yard, broke a limb put in front of hive,mixed some sugar syrup,and put on a feeder.  Never had two swarms go into one super before.  There didn't seem to be any fighting or anything.


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Re: Something new for me
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 10:44:24 AM »
Being so close and more than likely from the same hive, they probably got a whiff of the homing pheromone. Don't know why they would abandon their queen, but that's nature for you.

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Re: Something new for me
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 10:48:44 AM »
Probably two secondary (virgin) swarms and the queen scent wasn't strong yet so the bees followed the other bees.

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Re: Something new for me
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 12:56:20 PM »
I got a call to remove a swarm from a pipe that was stuck in the ground. By the time I got there they had split into 3 swarms, all in 3" pipes sticking 4' out of the ground within 30' of each other. Never did find any queens, put them all together and had to add a frame of eggs/larva.
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