Purple martins and queens

Discussion in 'Raising Queens' started by popeye, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. popeye

    popeye New Member

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    I have a 10 frame double deep hive which I started last spring. So far they are making it through the winter. I also have 3 gourd racks with a total of 48 gourds which usually fill up with purple martins. I have been landlording for 14 years now with this colony of martins. Nest checks weekly etc and take good care of them. I love beekeeping.I have been reading all I can about beekeeping and am looking forward to my 2nd year. I started with 2 hives but one of them abscounded as soon as queen was released. I want to prevent swarming and split my hive but still keep it strong. I was thinking of letting them make their own queen. Have any of you all heard about successes with purple martin colonies in same yard? I can get local queens too if I have to buy any. A bee inspector is in our area and sells them. I am a member of a local bee club in are part of nw tenn. which he is a member too. They meet once a month but it is very hard for me to attend meetings due to work and family sports etc. But if my queen is doing very good I would like to get her genetics passed on. I plan on maybe doing a Hogan style trap out too. Found 2 trees with bees last summer. Also will try and catch a swarm. I built 5 deep nucs. But, I'm limited on comb since I have only one hive. Just thinking of what I can do when it gets time. Maybe this should be posted in another room? I wish I knew what I know now when I first started. I would like to get up to around 5 hives one day that I can manage. Queen rearing seems very interesting too. I like this site and really enjoy jp's you tube videos! Also some others too on trapouts etc.
     
  2. kebee

    kebee Active Member

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    Welcome to the forum popeye, don't know about the purple martins, I would be afraid that they would eat my bees, but maybe not. Oh and good luck on your bees and adding to the list.

    Ken
     

  3. camero7

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    I had a nuc yard which had many swallows and bluebirds - land owner did much like you with them. I worried that queens would not survive their mating flights. I had over 80% success with virgins in that yard over 2 years. So I would not worry too much about it.
     
  4. CeeGee

    CeeGee New Member

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    Actually, yes. 6 or 7 years ago i bought some queens from a woman in WV whose had a huge number of purple martin boxes near her mating yard (no more than 100 feet or so.) I asked her about this and she said they wont touch them. Apparently there has been some confusion between Purple Martins and Bee Martins over the years and the purples got a bad rap.