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  1. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/115932126/hundreds-of-bees-swarm-house-in-dunedin Can't say too many of my own bees look ready to swarm just yet but someone else's bees are obviously doing alright.
  2. Hello, Recently did a bee removal and relocated the bees,... way beyond three miles to their new location. The queen was moved safely with the bees. I did not shut the bees in and seal the hive for 48-72 hours since it was well beyond 3 miles to the new location, but the bees swarmed anyways, (probably about two days later after I moved them.) The colony vacated the brood and honey stores I had rubber-banded into the new hive box and frames. I've read that if it's less than three miles to shut them in with food and water and proper ventilation, and then re-orient them after that waiting period to re-set their gps using foliage and branches in their entrance once you've removed the hardware cloth or screen or whatever you used to close off the hive entrance. I know if the bees find the move or removal too stressful they can swarm and leave following, but I'm curious...should I have kept the queen in a queen cage for a few days or used a queen excluder while they acclimated to the new location, becuase i did not seal off the hive box when I placed the colonly in their new location? Thanks for any replies
  3. Hi, On this show we talk about Swarms and Swarm Patrol with Andrew Guzowski, Andrew has kept bees for thirty years and is from Sydney in Australia. You can listen to the show here:- Collecting Bee Swarms - we talk to "Swarm Patrol's" Andrew Guzowski Here's What was discussed How Andrew got started in beekeeper? What motivated Andrew to create Swarm Patrol? How Swarm Patrol can help you get more Swarms A funny Swarm experience that explains why you should always wear a veil. How to prepare for your first Swarm Collection. Why Swarm Patrol is free for all Beekeepers. Have you ever tried Swarm Patrol in New Zealand? Gary and Margaret Ways to subscribe to our podcast The kiwimana Buzz... Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher
  4. So I'm starting a new thread on this... time for solutions & new season resolutions. I've had a quick google, and poke around here, and have a few questions. My hive has died over winter. I'm confident it is PMS (full inspection today, and AFB test kit used as insurance). The final few hundred bees and non-laying queen are on their way out. I'm planning to; 1. Freeze frames (48hrs) 2. Restart with a new nuc ASAP I don't have time for swarm catching, and I've never seen one in our neighbourhood. So that's not really a viable option. Should I start with one nuc? Or two? I have gear for a second hive, but could I get an early start and still hope for splits this season?
  5. I've read some great books regarding swarms, including Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley (great book), and have made up some swarm 'traps'. What I'd like to know is... is it best to put your traps in evergreen or deciduous trees? Seeley suggests that pines aren't great and I've seen traps out in the open on poles. I'll put them up as high as my ladder goes, face the entrance north, keep them sheltered from constant, direct sun etc,. I have access to some very nice beach trees and some big exotic's all near each other... the beach trees look great, but will they hide the trap too well? Any useful thoughts would be appreciated. Cheers, Paul
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