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Offline rober

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1st swarm calls of the year
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:18:02 am »
1st call the bees were on the ground. i got lucky & spotted the queen right off & grabbed her in a queen clip. i had an EZ nuc box so i opened the entrance, & put the queen still in the clip into the box, & put it next to the swarm. the bees smelled the queen & started marching right into the nuc. this was pretty close to the house so i left them to give them time to get moved in. got home & started building bottom boards & got a 2nd call. this swarm was also nearby. they were on a low growing juniper evergreen right at the ground. i lifted branches & slid a piece of sheet metal under them. i snipped off branches full of bees & put them into an easy nuc. once those were all in the box i shook those that i couldn't get onto the sheet metal, lifted the metal, & slid them into the nuc. i knew i had the queen as the flyers i stirred up all landed on the nuc. i put the nuc now covered in bees into my truck & took them home like that. after i put them into a wooden nuc i went & picked up the 1st swarm. while i was getting the 2nd one the homeowner with the 1st swarm texted me to let me know they were now all in the nuc. so now i have to build yet 2 more bottom boards. with making splits & swarm control of my own hives & these swarms i'm now at 27 hives.

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Re: 1st swarm calls of the year
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 03:38:15 pm »
Yay, so happy and jealous for you!! :yes:

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Re: 1st swarm calls of the year
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 06:43:59 pm »
Congratulations rober!  You made it to, and exceeded, the 25 mark.  I rememder you were trying to get there, or maybe it was someone else.  Well, congratulations anyway as I'M trying to get there.  Ted
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Re: 1st swarm calls of the year
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2018, 07:13:27 pm »
Well done, Rober! :)
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Re: 1st swarm calls of the year
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 05:54:42 am »
It's Swarmaggedon! Good job, rober!
I too spent yesterday evening priming bottom boards.  I now need to get my hands on some bottom boards to keep up.

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Re: 1st swarm calls of the year
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 08:06:50 am »
I built 12. i'll prime & paint today.