bees

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by TheWoodsman, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    First you need to find one, I advertise on several bee forums, craigs list, pest control companies, word of mouth and other places.

    Hopefully the first swarm you can get will be an easy one, hanging on a low branch.

    Catching swarms are kind of all the same but different also, it all depends on where they are at.

    Pretty much move them into your equipment or a box to transport them to your yard and transfer them into your equipment.
     
  2. Omie

    Omie Active Member

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    A putty knife will break, it's not made for prying heavy propolis-glued things apart. A decent hive tool is about $5 and will last a lifetime.
    http://www.betterbee.com/products.asp?dept=533
    Hive tools are very sturdy and will not break like a putty knife will.


    Bare minimum stuff you will need: a smoker, a hive tool, and a veil for your head. Many people get by without gloves, but you can use dishwashing gloves if you don't want to spend much.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    an Omie snip:
    Hive tools are very sturdy

    tecumseh:
    hive tools are really only very old time/old school paint scrapers. and yes they scrape paint very well. I can sometime find a 'hive tool' in one of those mom and pop hardware store here. sometime the total $ price is even cheaper than I can buy one from a bee supply house when I consider freight. you likely will need more than 1 since one is bound to get lost. when they are new paint a bright color, that way they are easier to find when lost.
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    Hows That work I cant make one last half way thru a season without losing it so I buy them 5 at a time
     
  5. G3farms

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    I leave old disc mower blades laying around where my hives are, they have a shape edge and are hardened steel. Just the right size for popping hive boxes apart, plus I never loose them.
     
  6. Omie

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    lol! I didn't mean if you LOSE them! ;D
     
  7. TheWoodsman

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