Big swarm........ Now a Boy Scout hive

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by Zulu, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    Iddee called me at 5 on his way to a swarm.... They were on the gutter of a 3 story apartment building.

    Luckily they were over the balcony and that apartment was empty.

    Didnt look too big so carried up a nuc box....

    Well we filled that up pretty quick after Iddee sprayed some B Quik where they had been on second floor balcony, seems like some had been behind the siding looking for a new home

    Had To go back and get a 10 frame deep box , filled most of that up too.

    They were very calm until we shook them out the nuc, then both of us got tagged a few times in a row, Iddee looked pretty good with swollen nose and lip......yes we suited up at that stage, and Iddee took another call for a swarm at that time, two for the morning.

    Waited till dark , walked up , sealed the front and carried out, and onto the truck and took them the 2 miles back to the hops farm where the Scouts hives will be kept. Nice hive stand already in place and we were done by 8:30 pm.

    In 9 days we have a work day and will transfer into the Scouts painted hive body.Will upload pics before bed.
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    It don't count unless we see pics of Iddees fat lip :lol::lol:

    Sounds like you two did a fine job and a huge swarm.

    I sure do hope you spark some interest in the some boy scouts!!
     

  3. Zulu

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    No personal pics :grin:

    Two boys came out to see us carry them into new home position, so that is a great start. Will download pics to PC once TV is over.
     
  4. Iddee

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    WAAAA.... Mommy, it hurts......

    With two inside the nose and two on the upper lip, I figured it was time for a hooded jacket. Zulu was a trooper, though. He took more stings than I did, and only donned the gear at the same time I did. Dang tough for a second year beek.
     
  5. Zulu

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    Friendship-20120322-00109.jpg

    When we got there they were on the gutter above the balconey
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    When we filled the nuc , we had to ask nicely for them to walk across to 10 frame, they let us know how they felt

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    one of our scouts who came out IMG-20120322-00123.jpg to see them arrive safely

    we will wait 8 days and then transfer into permanent hive
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  6. G3farms

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    No doubt about that, makes my eyes water just thinking about it............












    ..........from giggling that is, I know I will regret posting this:chased:

    Looks like you did a great job and I believe you have a young beek in the making there, he just couldn't wait to come see the bees:thumbsup:
     
  7. PerryBee

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    Great description of a good catch.
    Good pics too, but one of Iddee after that would have been..................priceless! :grin:
    I can only imagine what it must take to get Iddee to suit up. :shock:
     
  8. Zulu

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    About 8 stings to the helper and a bunch of attacks on the master , I think the two up the nose did the trick :shock:
     
  9. Zulu

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    Here is the hive happily in the field next to my Hops Farm

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    We have 8 days till our next Scouting day, so will leave it alone to settle in, and then will get the boys to help move the bees into their new home and send the Capture box back to Iddee
     
  10. Zulu

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    So they were still bearding after a full day, Iddee suggested I get a super on top, which I Just did before last light, that was one big swarm.....But they seem static luckily. No more work on this hive till next weekend.

    Have a trap out planned for Sunday too and Idee informed me of two more planned Monday.

    No question about the season.
     
  11. jb63

    jb63 New Member

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    Nice pics Zulu,thx for sharing.
     
  12. jim314

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    Yes, thanks for sharing :)