Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-07-2021, 07:18 AM   #501
jmeghunts
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Default

New question. Has anyone ever been called to collect a swarm and found somebody’s marked queen? Would that be like shooting a banded duck or something?
jmeghunts is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 07:24 AM   #502
Witchgrass
Ten Point
 
Witchgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bandera Texas
Hunt In: Bandera County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmeghunts View Post
New question. Has anyone ever been called to collect a swarm and found somebody’s marked queen? Would that be like shooting a banded duck or something?
I’m sure it happens. Nothing you can do about it though. No way to tell where they came from.
Witchgrass is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 07:39 AM   #503
rjtkdplus
Pope & Young
 
rjtkdplus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lockhart
Hunt In: Everywhere I can
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmeghunts View Post
New question. Has anyone ever been called to collect a swarm and found somebody’s marked queen? Would that be like shooting a banded duck or something?
UPS hub in San Marcos called me about a bee “swarm” in an 18 wheeler trailer. Turned out to be someone’s package bees. The screen box they were in had been broken open and bees were coming out. The marked queen was in a smaller cage inside the package so it was an easy collection. UPS replaced the other guy’s bees and I kept those.
rjtkdplus is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 07:45 AM   #504
Cardinal
Eight Point
 
Cardinal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Henderson County
Hunt In: Henderson Co./Anderson Co.
Default

Parents have a pretty good swarm up in a tree right now in Henderson County. I happened to see this thread, but haven't read through the thread. Will they do their thing and move on? Or are they possibly someone's swarm from around here?
Cardinal is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 08:09 AM   #505
rjtkdplus
Pope & Young
 
rjtkdplus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lockhart
Hunt In: Everywhere I can
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
Parents have a pretty good swarm up in a tree right now in Henderson County. I happened to see this thread, but haven't read through the thread. Will they do their thing and move on? Or are they possibly someone's swarm from around here?
Usually, they’ll move on after a day or two. I say usually because I got one on Monday, the homeowner said they had been there for 10 days.
rjtkdplus is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 08:57 AM   #506
jmeghunts
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rjtkdplus View Post
UPS hub in San Marcos called me about a bee “swarm” in an 18 wheeler trailer. Turned out to be someone’s package bees. The screen box they were in had been broken open and bees were coming out. The marked queen was in a smaller cage inside the package so it was an easy collection. UPS replaced the other guy’s bees and I kept those.
Free bees! That’s awesome!
jmeghunts is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 08:58 AM   #507
jmeghunts
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Witchgrass View Post
I’m sure it happens. Nothing you can do about it though. No way to tell where they came from.
Yep, guess they are a little small for gps tracker.
jmeghunts is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-07-2021, 09:49 AM   #508
lovemylegacy
Pope & Young
 
lovemylegacy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mauriceville
Hunt In: SETx,La,Il,Ks,Mo
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
Parents have a pretty good swarm up in a tree right now in Henderson County. I happened to see this thread, but haven't read through the thread. Will they do their thing and move on? Or are they possibly someone's swarm from around here?
It depends. The whole reason they are swarming, is they are looking for a home. The swarm can sustain themselves for a few days, but eventually, they are gonna find a home, usually pretty close by.
lovemylegacy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-23-2021, 03:56 PM   #509
rjtkdplus
Pope & Young
 
rjtkdplus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lockhart
Hunt In: Everywhere I can
Default

Water meter hive.


After catching the queen and trapping her inside the box, I dumped the rest on the cardboard. Pretty cool to watch them “march” into the box to be with her. See the video here. https://m.facebook.com/atxlocalhoney...5056532033096/










Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
rjtkdplus is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-23-2021, 05:40 PM   #510
gtsticker
Ten Point
 
gtsticker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Jarrell Texas
Hunt In: Stonewall County, Western Mountain States
Default

Have some bees in a hollow limb of an oak tree. Have not been able to check them in the last week due to the weather. If they are still there does anybody want to come get them? Located off 77 between Giddings and LaGrange.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
gtsticker is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-27-2021, 07:12 AM   #511
johnpaul
Ten Point
 
johnpaul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Beaumont
Hunt In: Winnie, Beaumont, La Belle
Default

Snagged this picture the other day on “World Bee Day”. The sun peaking out was a welcome sight after about 5 straight days of rain. One of those days we got 16” on that pad we are loading on. Shipping all the nucs to the Midwest to get ready for clover, alfalfa, and canola.
Attached Images
 
johnpaul is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 02:17 PM   #512
klooney
Ten Point
 
klooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Hutto
Hunt In: anywhere possible
Default

I had fantastic luck with TBH last time I got a swarm in my meter box a few years ago... If anyone wants some bees send me a pm, located in hutto Texas
klooney is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 02:21 PM   #513
686PPP
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Nocona
Default

Have a hive in a tree if anyone wants to come get them. Nocona TX
686PPP is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 04:45 PM   #514
flywise
Pope & Young
 
flywise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Tx
Hunt In: Blanco, Nacadoches,NewMexico,Colorado
Default

this thread is looooong so, if anyone on here has bees and can help me get started in the Killeen,lampasas area please send me a pm.
flywise is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 09:40 PM   #515
Hyd Guy
Six Point
 
Hyd Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Texas
Hunt In: Richland Springs
Default

Does anyone near Houston want some free bees before I have to kill them? I don’t want to but they’ve taken up residence in my house. The hive is entering on the side of my house.
Hyd Guy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-10-2021, 10:06 PM   #516
lovemylegacy
Pope & Young
 
lovemylegacy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mauriceville
Hunt In: SETx,La,Il,Ks,Mo
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hyd Guy View Post
Does anyone near Houston want some free bees before I have to kill them? I don’t want to but they’ve taken up residence in my house. The hive is entering on the side of my house.
How much longer can you hang on to them? I could get them in a couple of weeks
lovemylegacy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-12-2021, 01:06 PM   #517
Witchgrass
Ten Point
 
Witchgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bandera Texas
Hunt In: Bandera County
Default Did a removal today.

Got a call about bees in a large Oak that was being taken down. The tree had been cut down yesterday, but the hollow cavity in the limb, and part of the trunk was still intact. We cut off the hollow limb, and loaded it onto the trailer to take home to dissect..
Once home, we smoked (honey-b-gone) to make all the bees evacuate. Found the queen and put her in a cage and attached it to a frame and put in the box near the end of the open limb.
Gotta retreat to the house, as I took multiple stings thru my sweat soaked gloves. I’ll check on the bee evac in a few hours. With the queen safely caged in the box, the rest of the bees should move to her.,Name:  3ADD1437-097F-4D37-BC03-0AADA9ED2623.jpg
Views: 221
Size:  272.4 KB

Last edited by Witchgrass; 06-12-2021 at 01:36 PM.
Witchgrass is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-12-2021, 01:52 PM   #518
Witchgrass
Ten Point
 
Witchgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bandera Texas
Hunt In: Bandera County
Default Bee removal

Name:  C08F47A0-31D7-4CEC-910C-3F1B720B835F.jpeg
Views: 209
Size:  152.8 KB
Witchgrass is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-12-2021, 01:53 PM   #519
Witchgrass
Ten Point
 
Witchgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bandera Texas
Hunt In: Bandera County
Default Bee removal

Name:  7A2EFBD3-F0F8-4A0A-87EA-80B4BD741CDD.jpg
Views: 213
Size:  195.9 KB
Witchgrass is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-12-2021, 11:16 PM   #520
lovemylegacy
Pope & Young
 
lovemylegacy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mauriceville
Hunt In: SETx,La,Il,Ks,Mo
Default

Lot off work right there.
lovemylegacy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-13-2021, 12:15 PM   #521
arrowslinger
Ten Point
 
arrowslinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Crandall Texas
Hunt In: Push County Oklahoma
Default

There is a hive in the front of this 5th wheel. North of throckmorton is anyone wants to get them.

Sent from my SM-G988U using Tapatalk
arrowslinger is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-15-2021, 09:01 AM   #522
rjtkdplus
Pope & Young
 
rjtkdplus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lockhart
Hunt In: Everywhere I can
Default

Water meter removal yesterday. Pulled the lid, turned it over and the first one I see is the queen. That seldom happens.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
rjtkdplus is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-15-2021, 09:41 AM   #523
Witchgrass
Ten Point
 
Witchgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bandera Texas
Hunt In: Bandera County
Default

Love those small hives!
Witchgrass is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-15-2021, 02:18 PM   #524
rjtkdplus
Pope & Young
 
rjtkdplus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lockhart
Hunt In: Everywhere I can
Default

Another interesting removal.

Got a call from a guy who needed bees removed from a cable box in his yard so the cable company could hook up his service. Found this when I arrived.



I got set up and started to take the box off the stubbed out cable I was sure it contained but when I picked up on it, it was just sitting on bare ground!




So I took the whole thing to one of my bee yards to do the extraction. This is what was inside.






Finally found the queen moving through this mass of bees.

Quite a large hive, that comb is laying on a 10 frame lid for a hive.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
rjtkdplus is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-15-2021, 02:34 PM   #525
haas0311
Pope & Young
 
haas0311's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: From La Vernia, Now live in Corpus Christi
Hunt In: Jim Wells and Wilson Counties
Default

Anymore updates on the Flowhive?
haas0311 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-15-2021, 07:12 PM   #526
Biggs
Pope & Young
 
Biggs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Temple
Default

What are these bees doing? Committed to moving in? Or already moved in?
What is the next step to getting them to supers?

https://youtube.com/shorts/BYUn6s4eBng?feature=share
Biggs is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-19-2021, 09:39 PM   #527
Biggs
Pope & Young
 
Biggs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Temple
Default

Pretty sure the swarm moved in a week ago. I’m going to transfer them to a full deep in the morning.

Dad told me they have several swarms come through their property each year so I’m going to set some swarm traps out there too.
Biggs is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-19-2021, 09:46 PM   #528
sharkhunter
Pope & Young
 
sharkhunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Tarkington , TX
Hunt In: In the woods
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Biggs View Post
What are these bees doing? Committed to moving in? Or already moved in?
What is the next step to getting them to supers?

https://youtube.com/shorts/BYUn6s4eBng?feature=share
A sure way to tell is to watch them and see if any bees are coming in with pollen on their legs. If so you got them ! I left a swarm in the box for three weeks then moved them to a 10frame deep.
sharkhunter is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-21-2021, 07:45 PM   #529
lovemylegacy
Pope & Young
 
lovemylegacy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mauriceville
Hunt In: SETx,La,Il,Ks,Mo
Default

Good stuff.
lovemylegacy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-21-2021, 09:26 PM   #530
Biggs
Pope & Young
 
Biggs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Temple
Default

Does anyone make their own hive boxes or swarm traps? Or suck it up and buy deep setups from Amazon
Biggs is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-21-2021, 09:59 PM   #531
Witchgrass
Ten Point
 
Witchgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bandera Texas
Hunt In: Bandera County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Biggs View Post
Does anyone make their own hive boxes or swarm traps? Or suck it up and buy deep setups from Amazon
Make your own.

Name:  7E7C00D4-E86D-4CEB-9B48-5D30CA3DB1A4.jpg
Views: 97
Size:  65.2 KB
Witchgrass is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-21-2021, 09:59 PM   #532
rjtkdplus
Pope & Young
 
rjtkdplus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lockhart
Hunt In: Everywhere I can
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Biggs View Post
Does anyone make their own hive boxes or swarm traps? Or suck it up and buy deep setups from Amazon
I have made my own in the past. For the time it takes me, I’m better off buying them. I usually get the unassembled ones from Mannlake.
rjtkdplus is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-23-2021, 10:33 AM   #533
johnpaul
Ten Point
 
johnpaul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Beaumont
Hunt In: Winnie, Beaumont, La Belle
Default

Thought this was a pretty wild picture. Shipping bees to the Midwest right now. Hives are booming and when we stockpile bees in a different yard to load then where they had been they will sometimes get confused or more often probably just lazy and pile up on a certain hive, in this case an entire pallet. Also doesn’t help that it’s 100 degrees with 100% humidity… ..
Attached Images
 
johnpaul is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-23-2021, 01:45 PM   #534
lovemylegacy
Pope & Young
 
lovemylegacy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mauriceville
Hunt In: SETx,La,Il,Ks,Mo
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by haas0311 View Post
Anymore updates on the Flowhive?
It appears I am not gonna get any honey this year. Very little honey production in all of my hives. I do not understand whats up with that....lots of blooming this year.

Presently, they are putting nectar in the Flowhive. I just installed another one back in May, they are putting wax on it now. Maybe I will get some honey late....don't know.
lovemylegacy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-23-2021, 01:49 PM   #535
lovemylegacy
Pope & Young
 
lovemylegacy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mauriceville
Hunt In: SETx,La,Il,Ks,Mo
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnpaul View Post
Thought this was a pretty wild picture. Shipping bees to the Midwest right now. Hives are booming and when we stockpile bees in a different yard to load then where they had been they will sometimes get confused or more often probably just lazy and pile up on a certain hive, in this case an entire pallet. Also doesn’t help that it’s 100 degrees with 100% humidity… ..
That is impressive
lovemylegacy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-23-2021, 06:34 PM   #536
Biggs
Pope & Young
 
Biggs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Temple
Default

Got a call to remove a swarm. But there were not any bees to be found.
Biggs is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-23-2021, 07:36 PM   #537
Ferg
Eight Point
 
Ferg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Tyler
Default

late season swarm picked up today
Name:  IMG_0687.jpg
Views: 29
Size:  176.2 KB
Ferg is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 06-23-2021, 10:06 PM   #538
wfontjr
Spike
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Crockett
Hunt In: Crockett
Default

I make a swarm trap out of solid pine, available in crockett Texas for $40.
wfontjr is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com