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[*] posted on 5-5-2012 at 05:43 AM
Bee swarm


This is the first bee swarm that I had this year. I had a call early this week but didn't get to go get it. Thanks Mike for giving him my number. Maybe next time
I held a box under them and the wife gave the limb a shake to drop them in. Easy catch this time. It was a good size swarm.







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[*] posted on 5-5-2012 at 09:55 AM


Neat pictures. OK, how many bees do you figure are there?

Once you get them to your house and in one of thoes bee hives, what keeps them from doing the same thing?

Are thoes wild or from someone else's excaped bees?

Never messed or even read about them.




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[*] posted on 5-5-2012 at 11:42 AM


Should get some honey outa that mess Don.
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[*] posted on 5-5-2012 at 02:04 PM


Skippy, There are about 1500 bees to a pound, I am guessing this was at least a 4 pound swarm. So about 60,000 bees there.
When bees swarm they are looking to start a new colony somewhere else. By putting them in a new bee box it gives them what they were looking for and they stay put. But I have heard of them taking back off again.
Those were my bees that swarmed. They were only about 15 feet away from hives. I did have a wild one land in unused equipmtment I had stored next to my barn last year. I watched them come in so I knew they weren't mine.
Pete, I should get some honey out of those by the end of the season.




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[*] posted on 14-5-2012 at 12:42 AM


Thats a good swarm Don! Ive been getting swamped with swarm and removal calls lately. Seems like its been atleast one call a day this whole week! Ive collected 3 swarms and one tree removal this week so far. Ill try to share some pics when I have some more time.



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[*] posted on 14-5-2012 at 08:13 AM


thats pretty cool don. peg and i were coming home this weekend and drove right threw a swarm. i bet there was at least 50 hit the windshield. good thing we were in the truck and not on the bike!



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[*] posted on 14-5-2012 at 11:57 AM


Ack, Glad you were in the truck also. That could have got bad real quick on a bike. That black and yellow steelers bike might have had them thinking you were a giant Queen.
Josh, I haven't got any calls yet. We have so many people that will catch them its hard to get some. I am signed up with the police and fire departments all threw the county if they get a call about a swarm. I could sure us a couple more.




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[*] posted on 15-5-2012 at 02:05 AM


Here are a couple from the past week....







Don, if I get any extras maybe we can meet up. Im sure it wouldnt hurt to strengthen the genes up there with some of our hillbilly bees anyway.:D




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[*] posted on 15-5-2012 at 11:51 AM


Hillbilly bees would fit right in here at my place.



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