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Went down to add some medium supers on to the hives this afternoon and look what I saw. I think we have enough for this year. Geez :shock:


How the heck could we have a swarm this big so quick. Everything we have has been captured since about march/April of this year.

Am I doing something wrong or right.

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nope your doing wrong, right would be if they had landed in the tree in my back yard:grin: every1 at some points going to get hives that swarm, it happens.
 

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Just was not expecting any swarms this year. Especially 3 months after catching.

To be honest, after building 6 boxes and putting together 60 frames all day yesterday. This swarm wasn't really what I wanted to see last night. Oh well. I just cant let them fly away.

I put these guys in a nuke with 5 frames with foundation and a quart jar of sugar syrup this morning. Maybe that will keep them busy for today. Have to build a bottom board and a top this afternoon and move them into their deep. Adding the 5 frames this morning, they still ran me off a few times. Hope they settle down some. They're mean:mad:
 

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1. They may not be from your hives. Swarms will often seek out a different apiary.

2. They may not be a swarm. In this heat, if their hive melted down, they may be an abscond.
 

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Can you ever tell which hive they came from by the numbers. Because I looked in all of mine and they seemed to be full.

BUT,

I just got home and went to check on them and the box was empty, I then found them in another tree about 15 feet up. They were very calm. While I was standing there deciding what to do, they decided for me. They took off from that limb and out into the woods they went. Within about 3 or 4 minutes they were all gone. I walked behind them far a while but once they all got headed the same direction they were gone. What a site to see.

I have never seen that before in my life. It was very cool and amazing.

Maybe they were not from my hives. They were noticeably more defensive any I have delt with. Even the cutouts I have done.

Oh well, back to 6.
 

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While losing a swarm isn't what we strive for (and this one may not even have been yours) watching one is a pretty cool thing to see. Most don't get the chance. :mrgreen:
 

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I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

It was so big I really don't think it was mine.

Question- If they may have come from a ferrell melted hive, could that may have something to do with their attitudes. maybe it wasn't a planned swarm and they didn't have time to prepare. If I hadn't have a had a suit on I would be in sad shape today. Got stung through my suit anyway. They followed me a long way from the box after shaking them in and setting the box down.

Then this morning when I was trying to add the frames, I would slide a frame in and would have to walk way far away. The were flying straight up at my face and would follow me 30 40 feet away.. Added 4 frames and thats all I could do. Anyway, kinda glad they are gone.
 
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