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Incoming Swarm !!!

 
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:05 pm    Post subject: Incoming Swarm !!! Reply with quote

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You could feel the electricity!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs2CcWR6BDc


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Adriaan
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations with the new arrival Patrick,

and thank you.

It surely warms my heart to see this video on this cold, wet and windy sunday morning in central-Belgium.

Out here we will have to wait at least untill early may for the first swarms to emerge.
Last year the first swarm in my apiary came out of one of my skeps on may 5th.
Most of the swarming however will take place at the end of may and in june.

Keep the video's coming
friendly greetings
Adriaan
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Adriaan, thanks for taking the time to watch my video and commenting in a positive manner.

By the way, do you have any photographs of your skeps? Please post them on this thread if you do. I would love to see them.

Patrick


Adriaan wrote:
Congratulations with the new arrival Patrick,

and thank you.

It surely warms my heart to see this video on this cold, wet and windy sunday morning in central-Belgium.

Out here we will have to wait at least untill early may for the first swarms to emerge.
Last year the first swarm in my apiary came out of one of my skeps on may 5th.
Most of the swarming however will take place at the end of may and in june.

Keep the video's coming
friendly greetings
Adriaan
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here's an update on the swarm:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj18wt_JeVM


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Barbara
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick, thanks so much for posting these. It is great to get a bee fix whilst ours are still tucked up. My eyesight must be getting poor as I failed to see the queen in the hive. I'm guessing you didn't see her in real time but spotted her whilst you were editing footage.

I would imagine that swarm came from one of your hives. Did you identify the parent colony and did you take steps to prevent further cast swarms or do you let nature take it's course like me. If so, do your neighbours not get concerned about your hives swarming? I'm in a more rural setting so it is less of an issue. Just curious how other people handle these situations.
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hello, Barbara.

Thanks so much for watching the video and commenting about the bees. It's always good to hear from you. Smile

Regarding the queen, yes I saw her when I was at eating the video. She makes a brief appearance and you have to be quick to see her. She sticks out as bigger and brighter than the others over towards the right when the camera goes into the hive.

I really have no idea where this swarm came from. I can't prove one way or another if they are from my hives or from somewhere else in the neighborhood.

There haven't really been any instances of bees infringing on my neighbors too much. I usually keep a really good handle on my bees to where they aren't over-running the neighborhood, LOL. Besides, I give them honey.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I think I see her now. Your queens are so different to my dark queens, there is no way you would be able to spot one of mine like that.
Good to hear that you have not experienced problems with your neighbours and the bees. I just wondered about it since your house construction over there clearly lends itself to bee colonisation from the number of cut outs that you do and having that many colonies in a residential area, there are bound to be stray swarms that take off even if you manage to prevent the majority of swarms.
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