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Swarm reports are coming in early this year. I already know of a Christchurch event from the beginning of last week and reports are also coming in from Auckland. Please post your 2015 Season swarm reports.

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14th Sept. Out making splits and found first of the season swarm cells in a very strong double. Made a nuc with the existing Queen to take away and left 4 new nucs with 2 or 3 cells in each on site. Left them on site with all the entrances same position as the old hive to equally divide the field bees.

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We have collected our first ever swarm in Okuku last week. All seem well settled in their new home. YAY!

Well done, and welcome to the forum

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First call was September 8th in Palmerston North, but it had left by the time I got someone there.

Second one today (Sept 29th) which I managed to get with the aid of a long pole with a bucket on the end.

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Looks like we have a swarm in one of our bait hives on the Aotea harbour. Second swarm this year. Both into bait hives.

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If is not a drought it is a flood.

First call this afternoon was for a swarm in a chimney. I went and had a look and decided I would need some extra gear and I will do it tomorrow morning before the bees get working.

 

Then having an afternoon cuppa and I got a call for a swarm all over a fence. Nice quick vacuum job, 30 min and all done.

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No. Cold and wet here. I think another 2 weeks yet.

Looks like your 2 weeks went pretty quick :sick: <- that's me, green with envy

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Looks like your 2 weeks went pretty quick :sick:

Yes. A little quicker than I thought.

Let's hope for a good extraction tomorrow.

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Swarm season I think well under way in Christchurch, this swarm was from our hives, and it was well tangled in a blackberry bush. I'm running around like mad splitting hives, as quite of few of mine are full of swarm cells, this one I was clearly too late for.

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I got the swarm out of the chimney without any problems. Used the Bee Vac and it was all over pretty quick.

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I bet my method utilising a box of matches and a couple of newspapers would be quicker...I'll race ya next time eh ?

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When does the swarm season usually start in Christchurch? Obviously well underway now

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I haven't seen any cells in my hives yet fortunately and I probably won't due to splitting quite hard, touch wood. But a guy I know has caught 2 so they're definitely starting here.

@Vincent Channon will try catch one for you ;) we can requeen it

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If anyone finds a spare swarm I'd love the opportunity to have bees again.

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First swarm called in this evening and being picked up by one of our "Swarmers".

Sounds like a good prime swarm, larger than a rugby ball and only 1 m off the ground.

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Another Italian swarm today 4/10 at Mangere Bridge Auckland, good prime swarm some 4m up a totora, filled two Warrē boxes.

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