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I saw the back of Iddee's tee-shirt and wanted to check it out.I live about 30 mi too close to Potland oops Portland. I caught 13 swarms for myself and 3 for friends this year.Now it's July' so let'em fly.
 

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You deserve a special rating. :yahoo: That must be some kind of a record.
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Hello jb63 and welcome to the forum :wave:

Why would you let the late flying swarms just fly off?? Catch them, pinch the queen and add back to a weak hive to boost their numbers :thumbsup:
 

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G3farms said:
Catch them, pinch the queen and add back to a weak hive to boost their numbers :
Or you could hive them in a swarm box to see how the queens perform after mating. If's they are up to form, you could use them to replace old worn out queens from other hives.
 

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.... some times I don't think too good.
Nothing wrong with your thinking. I love your brief and to the point answers. They are always on target. It's just that sometimes there are two targets and you're used to hitting the bull's eye with one gun. :hunter:
 

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Hi there Jb63 and welcome to the forum :wave: .Sounds like you got it happening with all the swarms you've caught so far this year,nothing like free bees.
 

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I let them fly cause I'm done till next year.A swarm in may is worth a ton of hay.A swarmin june is worth a silver spoon.A swarm in july just let'em fly{too buisy to mess with them till mid aug.}
 

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welcome aboard..

my inlaws 'were' originally from Oregon... one from Klamath Falls and the other from Portland. I guess the Portland one missed the pot connection since the only credit he got was building the atomic bomb, the magnatometer and the first Cat-Scan machine.
 

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JB-- :wave:
mid August is right around the corner. Hope your not too busy to let us know how your holdings are doing.
When does your honey come running in your beautiful neck of the woods? I hope you aren't suffering from a dry spell like the fellows down south. :cry:
 

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Efmesch,this is the week for me to pull suppers.I don't want to jinks it but I have a good feeling.
 

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Here's hoping it materializes. :drinks:
 

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welcome aboard..

my inlaws 'were' originally from Oregon... one from Klamath Falls and the other from Portland. I guess the Portland one missed the pot connection since the only credit he got was building the atomic bomb, the magnatometer and the first Cat-Scan machine.
Tec,
Now I understand where you got your brilliance in inventing machines. I can hardly wait to learn about your next addition to the world of beekeeping. I'm sure it'll be something special--maybe like a "queen sniffer" that makes it easy to spot them in a crowded hive? :yahoo:
 

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efmesch,my one hive only did 32#.The others are in a red clover field and starting to make.We are about 3 wks behind so there is still hope.Wild carrot,aka queen anns lace is the problem now.If they start working that it will stink up the honey.The 32# er I tried checker boarding.I didn't read the part about drawn foundation and I didn't have any anyway.If I did it over again I'd not used a queen ex.The checker bord worked to prevent swarming though.Also I robbed 3-4 frames of honey for other splits so they made more than 32#.
 

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Sounds impressive :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
It looks like you didn't suffer a jinx. Remember, that the wild carrot should provide a lot of pollen, something you'll need when the hives start building up brood again. How much of a season is left for you before it gets cold and the bees have to close down for winter?
 

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I think we are going to have an Indian summer,so they should be forted up by Halloween or the first two wks in Nov.I was expecting 80# plus on my honey, but after talking to others it's a down year so far.One guy did 500 +# last yr and he's around100 so far.
 
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