Well I'll be darned. . . .

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Tia, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Tia

    Tia New Member

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    If you didn't see it in the "Walt Wright Articles" stickie, right after I got done bragging about having had only one hive since implementing Walt Wright's nectar management procedures, I. . .of course. . .had a swarm! Won't go into details, but the swarm didn't stay. I didn't bother putting the bait hive back in the shed, and yesterday at 4 pm. . .another swarm (or the same one, but I think it was a reswarm)! I left the girls to do their thing and checked on them this morning. They're all settled into their new home! So all I need do is move them to the apiary which I plan to do tomorrow morning. Now that's the way to catch a swarm!
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Bees being mostly female, of course you can't predict what they will do next. :p :D
     

  3. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    Whereas, the drones being male, we always know what they will do. Not much, and then they die. :)
     
  4. Tia

    Tia New Member

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    Mr Iddee, what are you inferring, sir? That females are fickle? Fie on you! But Mr sqkcrk, I think you've got it down in regards to the male of the species. Seriously, I love you guys, making me smile. . .

    Now give me an opinion. Moved the box into the apiary, set it on a better SBB and slatted rack & gave it an inner cover. In doing so, I peeked inside. The colony only covers both sides of 3 frames. Do you think they'll be able to grow enough to overwinter? I don't have much experience with swarms let alone July swarms! Shall I put a feeder on? I do have field feeders (actually extracted comb that I'm letting the girls clean out.). Do you think they need more help?
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    They need 50 lb. of feed before Nov. Maybe more.
     
  6. Tia

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    I'll do my best. Thanks.
     
  7. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    ROFL in regards to #2 & #3.

    What is it they say about the best comedy being 80% truth or something like that?