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Capturing these has not gotten old yet...this fourth one has brought my total colonies to 6. It's probably just as much fun keeping them as catching them for me. I waited all night to get this one. Up at 6am to get them risking life and limb being away from the house on mother's day...:wink:...I made it back in time, whew! I did not want to cut this guy's tree limb, so I shook them. The limb rose three feet back to its original location without the bees on it! Enjoy the pics...
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Way to go blue.Last year I only had 10-20 frames of drawn comb so every time I caught a swarm I put a one gal. frame feeder in and kept filling them.I used migrantory lids so I just slid them open enough to see the feeders and filled them.We had terrible wet weather but they all drew out two deeps in time for black berries in July.
 

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Congarts Dave. Nice swarm,Great pics. Looks like you running short on mulch for under your hives, LOL
I look at it this way, A package is about $100. with shipping or gas to pick them up so a swarm that stays in the hive is cha-ching. Jim
 

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JB: Thanks, I think we are going to see dryness this year...I hope to get several deep frames drawn to help get things going stronger next year..

Perry: Ha! Thanks! I studied from fall to spring about starting this craft and was getting quite excited to start...so, when I did, I discovered I love it! I hope to get some others around here excited about keeping as well.

Jim: Yes, Ha! Your are right...I discovered the faster things go, the less I have to time to prepare the ground and aesthetics of hive bodies. I just put anything together I can now including using whatever paint is available. I have even resorted to taking apart old shipping crates that were built with 3/4" boards and using them for supers...And yes, cha-ching...money in the bank...

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Good catch on the swarms, you are getting to be an old hand at it now.

I have even resorted to taking apart old shipping crates that were built with 3/4" boards and using them for supers...And yes, cha-ching...money in the bank...Dave
Didn't take long to start being the "Cheap Keep" :lol:, I always keep my eyes open for 3/4" boards and 1/2" plywood
 
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