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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. Apr 15, 2017
    babsbag

    babsbag Herd Master

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    My bees were busy little bees today. I wanted to go and and look at them but I was waiting for a phone call from DH wanting a ride home (he was hoping to get discharged from the hospital today and 3 hour drive for me to go get him) so I didn't take a peek. The phone call never came so now it will be the same tomorrow. I will get in them the first sunny day after DH gets home. The flowers and weeds around here are amazing this year so they ought to be quite happy and I want to prevent a swarm if I can. I gave them 3 deep boxes instead of the normal two so will be interesting to see what they do with them.

    I noticed my neighbor's friend brought about 20 hives back to my neighbor's property so I should get a trap set out as I bet he has some bees swarm eventually.
     
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  2. Apr 18, 2017
    soarwitheagles

    soarwitheagles Loving the herd life

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    Babs,

    I hope your hubby is doing fine now. Is everything ok? I sure hope so.

    Lots of nearby bee colonies? Yep, hang those swarm traps all over the place and get ready to reap lots of rewards!

    PS Mount Shasta Ski Park currently has 120 inches of snow...hmmmm...drought over?
     
  3. Apr 20, 2017
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    Happy Chooks Loving the herd life

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    It is closed down to the most narrow opening on the entrance reducer. Good idea on the lemongrass oil, I'll do that tomorrow.
     
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  4. Apr 20, 2017
    soarwitheagles

    soarwitheagles Loving the herd life

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    Today, it began to finally warm up and we saw scout bees all over all three swarm traps...should have swarms 2, 3, and 4 within the next couple of days. I think swarm season is just beginning here and it is much later than normal due to the excess rain and cool weather we have had this spring and winter...

    Time to get ready for lots of new beehives!

    Yea team!
     
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  5. Apr 23, 2017 at 10:12 AM
    soarwitheagles

    soarwitheagles Loving the herd life

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    UPDATE: Swarm #2 of 2017 arrived two days ago. I have been too busy to move it into a box. Hope to do so later this week.