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New Zealand swarm dates for season 2018/19

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1 hour ago, M4tt said:

 

I don’t go out of my way to catch swarms either , but sometimes it has to be done 

Cause in the words of Forest Gump...

life is like a box of chocolates 

 

you just never know what you might get 

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11 minutes ago, Beefriendly said:

Cause in the words of Forest Gump...

life is like a box of chocolates 

 

you just never know what you might get 

Or

should I stay...

or

should I go....

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On 7/10/2018 at 5:51 PM, Josh said:

But, do you all quarantine your swarms for two years in case AFB was the stressor that prompted the swarm? Or in case was present or you don’t know the origin of the swarm?

quarantine for a while unless i know the origin of the swarm

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Very nice swarm today.  In a small camellia bush. 1 m high.  Big swarm as it weighed in at 4.5 kg (about 40000 bees).

Another tricky job for my bee Vac.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Very nice swarm today.  In a small camellia bush. 1 m high.  Big swarm as it weighed in at 4.5 kg (about 40000 bees).

Another tricky job for my bee Vac.

That’s quite a contrast to the roof top swarm 

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3 minutes ago, Beefriendly said:

That’s quite a contrast to the roof top swarm 

Yep.  They keep you on your toes.

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The risk of AFB from swarms is pretty damn low. You do hear lots of stories about people catching swarms and getting AFB but when you look into it its normally because they put it in a box that their grandfather had in the back of his garage. I don't go out of my way to catch swarms but I have caught a lot over the years and never worry about foundation, purging or quarantine and it's never come back to bite me. Putting an infected swarm into a clean box is a lot less likely than the other way round.

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Warmer day in Dunedin today... Got a call from a hobby beekeeper saying his wife thought the bees were swarming. Got there and she told me she thought they'd settled down now. I pointed to the hose reel and she was a little taken aback.

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12 minutes ago, Jose Thayil said:

One for the day 

 

That looks massive ?

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These prime swarms are a pain. I look forward to the secondaries with the new Qs.

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2 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

That looks massive ?

Filled a full depth box and added another box on top. 

 

2 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

And a bit of a challenge? ?

Not too bad. Had the right size ladder. 

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23 minutes ago, Jose Thayil said:

Filled a full depth box and added another box on top. 

 

Not too bad. Had the right size ladder. 

What weight would you estimate that to be @Trevor Gillbanks?

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Not a New Zealand swarm but found by a New Zealand beekeeper ? Apis Cerana, Port Douglas, Australia.

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6 minutes ago, Rob Stockley said:

Not a New Zealand swarm but found by a New Zealand beekeeper ? Apis Cerana, Port Douglas, Australia.

 

I would think the Bee vac would be a useful tool for that one ?

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4 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Loaded with Varroa ?

Australia 

didn’t think they have a problem with varroa 

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2 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

What weight would you estimate that to be @Trevor Gillbanks?

No idea.  I actually weigh my swarms so that I can actually know the real size of a swarm.  Photos can be deceiving.

 

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Another swarm today.  3 kg (30000 bees)

This one has been donated to a member of our bee club.

I give away several swarms each season.

 

 

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Three for me today. And they've all been stingy plurry things. Waltzing in with a tee shirt is definitely not on around here this year.

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52 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Three for me today. And they've all been stingy plurry things. Waltzing in with a tee shirt is definitely not on around here this year.

were they from the same hive .

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55 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Three for me today. And they've all been stingy plurry things. Waltzing in with a tee shirt is definitely not on around here this year.

Yes. the swarms appear to be more grumpy this season.  Bigger also.

 

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12 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Yes. the swarms appear to be more grumpy this season.  Bigger also.

 

Are they leaving home grumpy, due to any particular reason? Or like most things beeking, there’s often a different scenario and no one size fits all.

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