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#1 alleyyooper OFFLINE  

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Got the call about 9:00 AM from a lady who wanted information on a swarm in one of their white pine trees. She sort of thought she could get information from me and collect the bees at a later time for her self. when I told her she would need some equipment to keep the bees she told me I could come get them but Saturday was her birthday and was going out for dinner, a detroit tiger ball came (they lost bad) and stopp on th eway home for supper but would be ok for me to come on Sunday. I told her that she didn't really have to be there but Sunday would be fine just call and let me know the bees were still in the tree.

She called me back in about  ahalf hour and said the bees were still there and her hubby had strung a extention cord part way there so I should bring 50 feet if i had it. Said she got to feeling selfish buy wanting me to wait till sunday so she could watch me.

I go there in time for her to see me set up and start the removal.


Was a real nice swarm about 4 pounds of bees. earliest swarm I have collected by 10 days.
















I have used about every method to collect swarms you can think of. shook them in 5 gallon pails, shook them in hives, shook them in card board boxes but since I made the bee vac it is what i use 99% of the time.


:D   Al

Edited by alleyyooper, May 15, 2015 - 10:31 AM.

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 10:36 AM

Its great to see somebody saving them. The guy I used to sell honey for does bee removal he needed help one day and I went with him and he started spraying pesticides on them.

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 11:03 AM

I'm wondering how you can do that and not worry about getting stung...?


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Posted May 15, 2015 - 11:27 AM

I so want a bee hive or two. Don't have the time to fiddle with them this year and local bee assoc. seems to be snouty to talk to sometimes.

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 11:48 AM

I had a really large swarm on the 10th. Gone on the 11th.

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Good work, Al    :thumbs:

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 01:18 PM

What happens if you just leave them alone?

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 02:59 PM

Wow. I have no idea how you could do that.

I understand about the plight of the bees, so, hats off to you, but

for some reason, I'm not a fan of anything with a stinger. Drs included.

I guess that could be it, getting needles as a child.


Neat the way your doing that.

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 04:34 PM

Well a swarm is natures way of population increasing honey bees. At some point the bees in there colony decided it is crowded and make new queen cells. Just before the new queen hatches out the old queen and half the hive fly off. Since the queen has not flown in a long time at least a year she can't go to far. The other bees cluster around her to protect her since she is the mother of all the workers and drones and they need her at the new hive. They send out scouts to look for a new home, once that new home is reported a few go and look at it and say yea or nay, but once one is selected they will fly off to it.

There are times they don't find a suitable home and just build comb in the tree or where ever. I took a swarm that made comb in a apple tree and spent all summer there. Usually they won't stay more than 3 days unless it is the new home.

Any more questions?


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Posted May 15, 2015 - 05:56 PM

Do they get agitated and sting when you do this?

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Posted May 15, 2015 - 07:32 PM

Great story and pictures. Thanks for posting! 

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Posted May 16, 2015 - 05:35 AM

I use to tell people that bees in a swarm didn't sting but my wife seemed to get stung as a by stander when ever I said that so she broke me of telling people that.

Ya they do sting but not very often when in swarm mode. They are all supposed to be so full of honey to start the new home up they can't bend enough to plant the stinger in ya.


I enjoy collecting swarms, one of my favorite things to do with honey bees with raiseing new queens a close second.


:D   Al

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