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tai haku



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 14 2:30 pm    Post subject: Swarm  Reply with quote    

Just nipped out of the office with a colleague to collect a swarm from her hive that'd wound up in a neighbours' hedge - door to door in an hour or so. Will stick them in a hive this evening. Nice easy way to replace the hive I lost last year!

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 14 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jammy. Good luck with them.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 14 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And happy colleague too I should think. Most people get quite panicky about swarms.

tai haku



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 14 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
And happy colleague too I should think. Most people get quite panicky about swarms.


she was very relaxed as was her 19 year old son who noticed the bees were swarming. It's the first time me or he had collected a swarm but I have to say it was really easy (touching wood that I've not messed up somehow and hurt the queen).

Here's a photo of my new little darlings....

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 14 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bees are quite docile when in the swarm, although they sound scary. A swarm is the only time son will go near bees. Hope you got the queen; all looks good there.

Nature'sgrafter



Joined: 22 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 14 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Please tell me you left moving the box until after dark as there would have been drones out looking for a new home during the day.
If you didn't you run the risk of a mini swarm forming in the spot where the main swarm was and getting very angry causing problems.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 14 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nature'sgrafter wrote:
Please tell me you left moving the box until after dark as there would have been drones out looking for a new home during the day.
If you didn't you run the risk of a mini swarm forming in the spot where the main swarm was and getting very angry causing problems.
Drones do nothing apart from helping to maintain brood temperature & obviously trying to mate with any virgin queens that may be around.
Scout bees are all female workers.
I try to leave swarms near to where they settle till the evening if I can but any left behind won't be lost, if they can't find the swarm they just return to the original hive they emerged from.

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