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Apr 22, 2018 6:50 AM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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First swarm of the season was caught here yesterday.
2 more hives left to swarm
Made it through winter without any losses this time so the season has started off good
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Apr 22, 2018 6:45 PM CST
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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That's awesome you made it thought the winter :hurray:. I lost 1 of my 2 hives and on the first inspection i rolled the queen in my only hive :thumbsdown:. So yesterday i had 10 queen cells. So i made a split. I put 4 of the queen cells in a nuc and kept the rest in the hive. Crossing Fingers! we will have good wether for mateing flight.

I also have 14 swarm traps hung

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Apr 27, 2018 8:26 AM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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The swarm has settled in nicely after doing a through house cleaning.
No new swarms yet due to 5 rainy days but it's turning sunny now so maybe this weekend.

Hope you fill all of those swarm traps Heath
I think hubby is just aiming to fill the rest of the empty hives back up so 6 more swarms and he will be back to where he was.
I'm working on more plants for them to forage around the farm since I have to thin out some of their favorites.
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Apr 27, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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It has been a rainy spring but we got 7 days of pretty weather starting today. I hopeing they will be ready to swarm.
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Apr 22, 2019 7:16 AM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
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Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Swarm season is about to being here. Our bees tend to swarm when the blackberries begging to bloom abundantly.
What is blooming when they swarm in your area?
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Apr 23, 2019 1:52 PM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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First swarm this year
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Apr 26, 2019 7:34 PM CST
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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Are bees have been swarming for about 4 weeks now and I have done pretty good on catching some this year. I've caught five swarms. three of them in one man's yard two of them in my yard. I put out 20 swarm traps out this year and right now three of them have bees in them. Here are some pictures

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Apr 28, 2019 12:33 PM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Great job Heath. What is starting or already blooming when your swarms happen?
We had another swarm yesterday. And may have a third one today.
Ours are from our hives and i think if there is a third one that will be all he tries to catch.
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May 2, 2019 3:14 PM CST
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Bee Lover Composter Frugal Gardener Houseplants Region: Tennessee
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I'm ashamed to say but I can't remember what was blooming.
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May 4, 2019 4:15 PM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Forum moderator I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
That's OK Heath. The only reason i know what seems to trigger swarming so cause in my area the blackberries blooming signals the last of the really cold weather for us.
So far my husband has caught 9 swarms. The second swarms hav already started and they are almost as large as the first swarms.
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May 4, 2019 5:17 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 5, 2019 12:52 PM CST
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Bees in a swarm aren't dangerous unless you threaten the queen. For myself, I'm not sure I could handle the tickling of that many bees crawling on my skin.
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