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Offline 40 Acre Bees

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40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« on: June 17, 2016, 09:50:09 pm »
We are ecstatic, we caught our first swarm ever today and it wasn't even ours.  I tell you, I know most of you do it all the time, but we found it just amazing.   Fifteen feet up in a tree, (didn't fall out of it either Perry) a big step ladder, a cardboard box, deep super and a pair of pruners.   It was a beekeeper with 4 hives  who  lives not 10 minutes away who didn't want to deal with a swarm and wanted it removed because of his neighbors.  We let them settle in their new home till tonight and and tomorrow we will set it up here with feed and hope for the best.   The only mistake we made is we didn't take any pictures.  :occasion14:

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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2016, 11:18:11 pm »
good on you!

What could be a better start to day than free bees! :)
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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2016, 05:29:25 am »
Congratulations! :goodjob:
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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2016, 06:59:59 am »
We really set our limit at 4 now we have 5, I don't know what we will do if we get anymore.  we may have to set up a Bee Rescue   It was amazing there must of been 15 lbs of bees, there were two clumps about 10 inches across and about 20 inches high.  We were amazed  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2016, 07:49:47 am »
possibly 2 separate swarms?
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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2016, 08:37:35 am »
Congratulations!  15 pounds of bees...A colossal swarm for sure.  Feed them and they will draw comb very quickly.  Keep us posted.  :)
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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2016, 08:43:00 am »
They were just inches apart, could it be possible it was two swarms?  If so what effect will it have putting them all in one hive?  Just curious because it's too late now..

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Re: 40 Acre Bees First Swarm Ever
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2016, 08:48:08 am »
You can call it one or more. It was likely from one hive with 2 or more virgin queens. You could have split it with a queen in each, or they will either choose one or split it themselves.
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