Beekeeping forum: Swarm Season Begins

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Apr 22, 2018 6:50 AM CST

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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
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Apr 22, 2018 6:45 PM CST
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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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Mindy03
Apr 27, 2018 8:26 AM CST

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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.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Apr 27, 2018 9:28 AM CST
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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