My first SWARM for year 2013

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by BoilerJim, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. BoilerJim

    BoilerJim New Member

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    About a week soon for this part of Indiana (except for last years warm weather). But, hey, I'll take it!
    Some guy called me about this swarm about 15 miles from my home. It's now residing in my backyard.:grin:

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    I like those easy ones that don't require a ladder. :thumbsup:
    Nice catch.
     

  3. blueblood

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    Right on Jim! My first swarm catch last year was April 23rd. I am glad to see someone from Indiana has one now. A swarm would really boost my mood since I have not heard anything on my packages that were supposed to be available April 13th.
     
  4. Beeracuda

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    We got our first one this afternoon. Fun stuff! Now time to buy more woodenware.
     
  5. ApisBees

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    Nice swarm looks larger than a 3 lb package. looking to sell Dave is in the market.
     
  6. blueblood

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    No doubt Keith, I would travel north to buy it from him for sure!
     
  7. Indiana Dave

    Indiana Dave New Member

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    I've been waiting to see someone from our (Indiana) neck of the woods with swarm news!!!!!:thumbsup:
     
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    Color me surprised!! No nectar here to force a swarm.
     
  9. efmesch

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    Haven't seen a single swarm yet this year, and the local swarming season is pretty much behind us.
    I miss them. There's something special about them that I really miss. If I were to catch one, I would only use it to strengthen my weakest hive. I'm not interested in increasing my holdings at this stage of the game. :mrgreen:
     
  10. jim314

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    I've had 8 so far this year. 3 I have caught. The latest was yesterday. Most of them are too high for me to reach. Today's swarm only stayed in the tree for a couple of hours before they took off south. This is a picture of the one I caught yesterday. An easy catch.
     

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  11. efmesch

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    That's a nice looking swarm. It looks as if it's an "arrow-head", aimed at falling straight into a waiting swarm box. :grin:
     
  12. jim314

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    They were about 10 ft up. I have a 5 gal bucket mounted on a telescoping pole I used to get then in. Just worked the bucket up around the swarm and gave one little bump and in the bucket they went. Dumped them in a hive and covered them up. A very easy catch.