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#1 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted August 22, 2014 - 06:38 PM

I guess it is technically a swarm, but you get the idea.  Wife sent me a text just before lunch all in a panic.  When I got home, this is what was in our cedar tree.  The hive we have on our property had split or swarmed or whatever it is called.

 

 

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The re-capture didn't go "smoothly" or "as planned", but the bees are all safe in their new hive now and our beekeeper friend is out of the hospital & back home. 

 

 

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Posted August 22, 2014 - 06:59 PM

ouch. :D  :rolling:


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Posted August 22, 2014 - 07:06 PM

Dang !! that's a lot of bees !!


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Posted August 22, 2014 - 07:25 PM

Them bees has better get busy if they make it thru the winter. Sugar water and winter feeding.
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Posted August 22, 2014 - 08:12 PM

   I take it you raise the bees for their honey??  I have heard that raising bees is a difficult, how hard are yours to raise?


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Posted August 22, 2014 - 08:26 PM

   I take it you raise the bees for their honey??  I have heard that raising bees is a difficult, how hard are yours to raise?

Dirt simple to raise, so far (famous last words), but we are only the homeowners.  The fellow who owns them has been teaching my wife how to care for them, but so far it has just been a matter of opening the top & looking in once a week.  They spent a day extracting honey a couple of weeks ago, but it was just another tractor day for me.  She said it was "hot but fun".  All that may change if we get mites or some other parasite/pest.  We also haven't gone through a winter yet.


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Posted August 22, 2014 - 08:28 PM

ouch. :D  :rolling:

If by "ouch" you mean 4 hours in the ER hooked up to an IV drip, then ya, OUCH.  



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Posted August 22, 2014 - 09:04 PM

Mark, what's involved in keeping them in the winter?


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Posted August 23, 2014 - 07:40 AM

Mark, what's involved in keeping them in the winter?

Not sure exactly, but the owner says it is just a matter of wrapping the hive boxes in Styrofoam insulation & coming back in the spring. We will see...


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Posted August 23, 2014 - 07:41 AM

So we visit in the winter right ? :wave: cool hobby, years back we had a neighbor with bees . When I cut down a clump of big cedars last year the backhoe operator removing the stumps got stung bad I was thinking they were yellow jackets. Cheers Mike


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Posted August 24, 2014 - 07:35 PM

It's not as hard as you would think. We're lucky in the south with milder winters and normally I just leave mine with the two hive bodies and no supers on them. With the two hive bodies then I know they have plenty of honey for their winter food supply. Less room for them to have to try and keep warm also. Treat them for mites late fall.


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Posted September 10, 2014 - 07:33 AM

We get  from 10 to 15 swarm calls a year. the winter loss was so bad this year we didn't get one call but had a swarm come and move into a stack of hives I have sitting by the solar melter.

 

I am on Home depots swarm call list for SE Michigan and have gotten several calls from Atlanta to go to this or that store to get a swarm.

 

Here is a couple swarms we got.

 

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Grand daughter had a great story of how I spent my summer when she went back to school 2010.

 

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John of Munro honey Alvinston Ont. over winters bees in a single deep. Great people and If you are in the area take the tour and sample some mead.

 

 

 

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:D   Al


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