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2017 Bee hive swarm information, history, lessons, successes, etc.

Discussion in 'Bee Swarms, Bee Behavior, & Bee Queens' started by soarwitheagles, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. Jun 19, 2017 at 8:36 AM
    Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Loving the herd life

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    No idea, but it sure looks like a swarm moved in.
     
  2. Jun 20, 2017 at 12:44 AM
    soarwitheagles

    soarwitheagles Loving the herd life

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    HC,

    Well, I still have no clue regarding many aspects of raising/managing honeybees. Just when I think I have them a little figured out, they do something that totally surprises me.

    Take today as an example:

    Today, right around 10 am, we had 2-3 new swarms move in to traps placed here on the property. So in May, we had many, many swarms caught here. Then, there was a 1-2 week lull, and I was convinced swarm season was over.

    Then BAM! Swarms galore all over again.

    I have no clue whatsoever what I am doing most of the time and to be honest with you, at times I feel a bit overwhelmed.

    In some aspects, it is a wonderful way to learn. Honey bees sure are a strange type of critter and I feel I can learn a lot while raising/managing them...
     
  3. Jun 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM
    Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Loving the herd life

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    I feel the same, the bees always surprise me when I think I know something. Never a dull moment! The beekeeper I got my bees from has worked with bees for over 30 years and says they still teach him things.

    I keep this in the back of my head......."if in doubt, do nothing". :lol:

    With the weather so different year to year, how can anything be the same? Sometimes I can get into a hive no problem without smoke. Other times, you definitely want that smoke! ;)