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Where are all the swarms?

 
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luk_lak
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Joined: 06 Dec 2013
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Location: Isle of Dogs, London, UK

PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 3:10 pm    Post subject: Where are all the swarms? Reply with quote

It's almost mid May and nobody posted here any info about swarms yet... I'm beginning to worry I may not get one this season Sad

I hope its the weather and soon this board will be swarmed with swarm offers.

I wanted to check historically when people offered their swarms but the oldest post in this thread is 23 April 2015. What happened with the older ones? Are they removed by the system somehow? Can't imagine nobody posted anything before as this forum has been setup in 2007
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been anumber of swarms in Cambridge now, though some didn't hang around close enough for me to find them. One did move into an empty warre hive I had. There have also been a few posts about ones in London on the Leabees email list.
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Barbara
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been out to my first one today but that is really early for this part of the world. Sadly unsuccessful as it made off just as I arrived.

Older posts regarding swarm offers may well have been deleted as forum space is limited and they are clearly no longer relevant after a few days let alone years.
There was also an unfortunate deletion of many older posts due to an administrative error a couple of years ago, so that may be another reason.

Don't worry, plenty of time yet but it may be worth making contact via PM with any members in your area in case they have any spare swarms or start a swarm wanted thread (if you haven't already) with your location in the title.

I usually make a list of people who may be interested in swarms in Jan/Feb time, so that I have contact details to hand now and can ring when I have a swarm. Unfortunately you are rather too far south to be added to my list.
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AugustC
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Joined: 08 Jul 2013
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Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was the first swarm noted in my association last week. I never have any swarms in my immediate area until the first week in June. I always get twitchy and feel the same way in May when everyone else seems to be collecting and nothing in happening here.

I did however note a lone scout bee around one of my bait hives yesterday though so who knows.

I recommend you get some bait hives out yourself. You'll be able to see the whether there are bees in your area thinking about swarming even if they don't choose your bait hive.
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luk_lak
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies.

I'm a member of Leabees and recently there were 2 swarms but to far from me (central London, E14)

I do have a bait hive - which is my hTBH that the bees died out during winter. Full of goodies, old comb, small remnants of honey. Perfect home.
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should absolutely use your main hive as a bait hive if it is empty but I would still recommend having another couple of bait hives out.

Size: 10-12 bars
Entrance: 1 inch diameter, facing southeast (or not into the prevailing wind)
Height: as high as you can comfortably recover. 2 metres works well.
Lure: Rub the inside with wax and put in a comb or two from your main hive.
Then the usual small amount of lemon grass oil on cotton wool in a plastic zip lock bag.

I always have my hives baited too but it is always the bait hives that get the action because I can put them in more attractive locations for the swarms.
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