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I wish I weren't so darned impatient. Earlier this evening I went with another beekeeper friend to take a swarm..about 12 ft up on the branch of a tree. We set up a ladder and climbed up...held our box under the swarm and gave a good shake. Then brought the box down...installed the frames of drawn comb..put the lid 9/10th's on and waited for the remaining bee's to join them. About a half hour later there was still a baseball size clump of bee's hanging at the swarm spot in the tree. Bee's in the box were fanning like crazy and I got impatient waiting for that group to come down. So...up the ladder I went...figuring that a would give that small group a quick shake...they would fly...and would then quickly join their sisters.
It was not to be.
I shook...they flew...one flew straight to my left earlobe to deliver a quick sting...and they went back to their spot. About 20 more minutes and they decided to come on down on their own.
Next time I will exercise more patience. I know that last clump would have come down on their own and my additional interference did not instill in them a desire to move along more quickly.
From now on there will be no more shakes after the initial shake....unless I have reason to believe that we didn't get the queen. The remaining bee's will eventually come down.
Still...it was a nice swarm...had a good time...met some nice people...and got paid for it. Apart from a sting to the earlobe, it was a very good experience!
 

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I carry a bottle of bee-quick for just that purpose. A few squirts along the limb and they take to the air.
 

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That is so funny. I have actually had a bottle of bee-quick in the car with me the whole year but never thought to use it like that... brilliant idea!
 
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