Jump to content

New Zealand swarm dates for season 2015/16


Recommended Posts

Got called to collect a swarm today only to find out that some young fella went in the morning and took only half them. As the owner said the young fella wasnt to sure what he was doing. As they reclusted on a fence post again .i just hope i have the queen. Will check in couple days

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 443
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Got a call yesterday from a rehab facility saying that a swarm had been flying around and clustered on next door wall two storey high about the size of rugby ball. By the time I loaded up the van with tall ladder they sent me a picture of what's left of bees on the side of wall. Arrived to find the building locked up and caretaker not available until this morning.

 

20151221_152057.jpg.1aeb3cb023293fef15a5c96a48a6ee74.jpg

 

Inside was the ablution block. Proceeded to remove cistern hoping to remove a wall panel. No such luck. Stucco on the outside as well as inside. The building destine for demolition at some stage. Made a hole in the wall to do some bee vacuuming.

20151222_124013.jpg.7e86b7f20e61dbd2490ad6f124565d1d.jpg

 

 

 

20151222_130738.jpg.b7359e95fad87f4286fc40441703ca94.jpg

 

Vacuumed most of the bees in the cavity that I made a hole. There was still buzzing in the wall suspecting it is the space below that dwang. More kept coming up. Decided to go back tomorrow for more vacuuming when they re cluster. Left another nuc box with entrance facing the hole. I am hoping the bees will crawl into my bait box. Meanwhile took bees home to re house.

20151222_135943.jpg.c38594e60b7c43decccdaec025883297.jpg

20151222_104555.jpg.d96f7063cfe597dad0e7fb4e3b0643dd.jpg

20151222_111327.jpg.76f59731b047c2fd92f67af150f1b524.jpg

20151222_124231.jpg.74e92e50f8640021f2d218812c7c3afe.jpg

20151222_125112.jpg.089cb7b5b8be347eb9ea85f4b5281d8f.jpg

20151221_152057.jpg.1aeb3cb023293fef15a5c96a48a6ee74.jpg

20151222_104555.jpg.d96f7063cfe597dad0e7fb4e3b0643dd.jpg

20151222_111327.jpg.76f59731b047c2fd92f67af150f1b524.jpg

20151222_124231.jpg.74e92e50f8640021f2d218812c7c3afe.jpg

20151222_125112.jpg.089cb7b5b8be347eb9ea85f4b5281d8f.jpg

20151222_124013.jpg.7e86b7f20e61dbd2490ad6f124565d1d.jpg

20151222_130738.jpg.b7359e95fad87f4286fc40441703ca94.jpg

20151222_135943.jpg.c38594e60b7c43decccdaec025883297.jpg

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

I was very busy trying to get our house ready for Christmas when a call came re a swarm. Got there to find it in the trunk of a bay tree. Set up two ladder, one for me and the other for a nuc box. It was going to be a dust pan and brush job.

But alas, owner of property asked a lot of question and I was keen to explain. While touching on the topic of swarm awaiting for scout bees to report of a suitable location for the swarm to move on, it happened. Dashed up the ladder and managed two scoop into the nuc box and suddenly all disappeared. Them the box start to empty out. Quite a few got trapped in a lean-to with plastic roof. Went home to get a bee vac. Clean up trapped stragglers only and left. They gave me a bay tree seeding. Note to self. Get on with the job first and chat after they start to settle.

20151223_160626.jpg.ef13bd7f0d2ed241252cff7f68ffcbbf.jpg

20151223_160651.jpg.7cd5d2b05f58a27ea1178070568cd0f0.jpg

 

Part of the enjoyment of catching swarm is to enjoy how others live and their style of houses. Really like their iron work. An inspiration to use my scrap collection.

20151223_174017.jpg.e7eae2c63955e36d42a5beab323d00b9.jpg

20151223_172653.jpg.3b2596617689029df259f62b08f430b7.jpg

20151223_160626.jpg.ef13bd7f0d2ed241252cff7f68ffcbbf.jpg

20151223_172653.jpg.3b2596617689029df259f62b08f430b7.jpg

20151223_160651.jpg.7cd5d2b05f58a27ea1178070568cd0f0.jpg

20151223_174017.jpg.e7eae2c63955e36d42a5beab323d00b9.jpg

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
Got a call yesterday from a rehab facility saying that a swarm had been flying around and clustered on next door wall two storey high about the size of rugby ball. By the time I loaded up the van with tall ladder they sent me a picture of what's left of bees on the side of wall. Arrived to find the building locked up and caretaker not available until this morning.

 

[ATTACH=full]11892[/ATTACH]

 

Inside was the ablution block. Proceeded to remove cistern hoping to remove a wall panel. No such luck. Stucco on the outside as well as inside. The building destine for demolition at some stage. Made a hole in the wall to do some bee vacuuming.

[ATTACH=full]11893[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]11894[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]11895[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]11896[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]11897[/ATTACH]

 

 

 

[ATTACH=full]11899[/ATTACH]

 

Vacuumed most of the bees in the cavity that I made a hole. There was still buzzing in the wall suspecting it is the space below that dwang. More kept coming up. Decided to go back tomorrow for more vacuuming when they re cluster. Left another nuc box with entrance facing the hole. I am hoping the bees will crawl into my bait box. Meanwhile took bees home to re house.

[ATTACH=full]11900[/ATTACH]

Check this hive this morning. My first successful bee vacuum job. Found and marked the queen. She has started to lay as well. Some supercede play cups. Bees are good at having Plan B.

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

Still a few swarms around here . Collected one at lunch time from a fig tree at chest height . Was about 15L so well worth getting . Yesterday was called to a swarm but it flew off just before I arrived , with a few stragglers left behind .

Link to post
Share on other sites

A pest control contractor knocked on my door yesterday with the location of a swarm. A landlord called him after he was told by the local council that nothing will be done until after 5th January. Collected the swarm and informed the call Centre of the Council my phone number.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Well done George. I also got another swarm yesterday.

Not the same thrill as catching your first swarm. I always check after 3 days to see if they have eggs. If so you have a mated queen and a prime swarm. If not then you probably have a virgin queen and a secondary swarm.

After 3 days I also give the swarm a Oxalic Acid Vaporize treatment. Just 1 treatment with standard quantity of OA

Link to post
Share on other sites
Arrived on time for inspection to find a swarm or two. As the bees were in two clusters, we were not sure if this is one or two swarm. We shook the larger swarm into a FD box and left it next to the smaller swarm. Apart from some stragglers of the big swarm, the smaller swarm remained intact on the branch while the big swarm settled in the box. We took the smaller swarm and shook it into a box below a queenless hive with paper between. But to be sure also introduced a frame of brood with eggs in the smaller swarm box to raise a queen just in case we were wrong about it being two swarm.

[ATTACH=full]11866[/ATTACH]

[ATTACH=full]11867[/ATTACH]

Did I do the right thing and assume correctly?

Hi pk

Curious to know was it one swarm or two?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi pk

Curious to know was it one swarm or two?

The bigger one was definitely the prime swarm which I brought home. Will be checking out the smaller swarm sometime this week for the queen. Meanwhile desperately extracting crystallized frames from early last year so I can have supers on all these swarm collection.

Link to post
Share on other sites

aaah might have another swarm to catch, but lets just hope i get permission to take down the weatherboards and get them out, oh the frustration of the holidays, got permission to go into the yard but not yet on removing panels as no one answering their calls or calling back...got a experienced beekeeper to assist me once i get the "ok" from my mate, fingers crossed, oh and btw my swarm i caught earlier this year, well the girls are doing so well that they starting on the second brood box on top, well done girls, their numbers exploded!!!

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

Got a call today to plck up a swarm,good big swarm of italians about three feet off the ground,nice and easy.picked them up and wasnt home half an hour when the property owner called and said there were another two just landed in his fig tree got one about ten feet up the tree the other must be fifty feet up the tree and on some spindly growth,left a bait hive there hopefully they will go in

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

With the inclement weather we are having , I was worried that the swarm I caught on tuesday might be going hungry , so I made up a sugar slurry and quickly drizzled a bit along the top of each frame . By the time I finished it was like pigs at a trough with the bees lined up along each side with their tongues out feeding ! It was only a cup of sugar , so probably not enough to make much difference , but it made me feel better anyway ! Looks like they should be able to get out today , so they should be fine .

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I went for a walk through the Taitua Arbortorium in Hamilton this afternoon. There is a colony of bees in a eucalyptus tree on the walking track. Someone has tried to block it in with newspaper,they are happily flying in and out and getting on with business.

20160105_150847.jpg.626cf5d83dd2dcffb08623f6c5804119.jpg

20160105_150857.jpg.36de77cc773a51daa39f3ff1487af1f5.jpg

20160105_150857.jpg.36de77cc773a51daa39f3ff1487af1f5.jpg

20160105_150847.jpg.626cf5d83dd2dcffb08623f6c5804119.jpg

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
I went for a walk through the Taitua Arbortorium in Hamilton this afternoon. There is a colony of bees in a eucalyptus tree on the walking track. Someone has tried to block it in with newspaper,they are happily flying in and out and getting on with business.

[ATTACH=full]12130[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]12131[/ATTACH]

The bees a bit camera shy ??

 

 

The bees a bit camera shy ??

Sorry.. I see them now :) wasn't listening to the message I was getting to enlarge the image :whistle:

Link to post
Share on other sites
I went for a walk through the Taitua Arbortorium in Hamilton this afternoon.

[ATTACH=full]12130[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=full]12131[/ATTACH]

Nice walk. If I could see over the hill the temple is on, I could see the trees from home. Are the roosters still there?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Well done George. I also got another swarm yesterday.

Not the same thrill as catching your first swarm. I always check after 3 days to see if they have eggs. If so you have a mated queen and a prime swarm. If not then you probably have a virgin queen and a secondary swarm.

After 3 days I also give the swarm a Oxalic Acid Vaporize treatment. Just 1 treatment with standard quantity of OA

Just got another swarm yesterday. if you wanted to use bayvarol instead how long would you leave it in for? Since they haven't got any brood at that stage. Thanks.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Well done George. I also got another swarm yesterday.

Not the same thrill as catching your first swarm. I always check after 3 days to see if they have eggs. If so you have a mated queen and a prime swarm. If not then you probably have a virgin queen and a secondary swarm.

After 3 days I also give the swarm a Oxalic Acid Vaporize treatment. Just 1 treatment with standard quantity of OA

 

Prime swarm @Trevor Gillbanks, three and a half frames drawn out by day three, one frame covered in eggs on both sides and good stock of honey. OA treatment done and they really need to be moving into a full box from the nuc asap. Trouble is we move tomorrow and the new gear is already down there.

Not a great time to move either - the other two hives are going mad and are both 2 FD and 2 3/4 boxes - they really need more space but they are going to be hard enough to move at the size they are now without adding more - they'll have to wait until Friday for another box - and bringing it ack on topic, hopefully they don't decide to swarm before then!

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
hopefully they don't decide to swarm before then!

They won't swarm now. The flow is on.

 

Prime swarm @Trevor Gillbanks, three and a half frames drawn out by day three, one frame covered in eggs on both sides and good stock of honey. OA treatment done and they really need to be moving into a full box from the nuc asap. Trouble is we move tomorrow and the new gear is already down there.

When you can, Put them into a 10 framer and then put another brood box on top straight away. No problem getting chilled now. A swarm is a wax drawing machine and it will draw those 2 boxes within about 10 days. You may need to manipulate the frames so they draw the outside one.

Well done.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Once the queen has started to lay, Say day 3 or 4, then put in 2 strips of bayvarol for 48 hours. (this for a 5 frame nuc.)

 

What do you do with the strips after 48 hours use? discard or reuse for the autumn?

I have a hive of a swarm, but I don't think it will produce any surplus honey (wil check next week), so I intend to put in the strips and leave it there till autumn. Is that okay?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...