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Old 06-26-2019, 07:05 PM   #51
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To catch swarms itís more important to place some old brood comb in the trap. It can be small as a 3Ē square. I caught 4 the first year with no comb, 25 this year with comb.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:08 PM   #52
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I use swarm commander, it absolutely works just don't overdo it. Refresh every 2-3 weeks. Lot of folks use lemongrass oil, I've never have so I can't say one way or the other.
When you catch a swarm do you catch a queen also or do you buy one?
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:40 PM   #53
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Old queen goes with the first swarm, following swarms maybe virgin queens or new queens.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:53 PM   #54
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Spend some time on YouTube. There are some good guys on there. I like the Fat Beeman.
There is no end to what there is to learn.
Check out Fredrick Dunn, seems to know his stuff. There is also an old Russian immigrant that lives in SC, Pavlov is his name, cant remember his site info. Interesting old dude.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:55 PM   #55
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I currently have 25 hives, all feral bees. They are too aggressive to work without protection but they make good honey and loads of it.
Africanized I presume?
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:01 PM   #56
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Africanized I presume?
Probably so but theyíre only bad when I open them up or mow too close.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:10 PM   #57
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I just got my setup put together. Going to start out with three hives and get up to six by next spring.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:50 PM   #58
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Do you guys use honey bee lure to catch bees? Does it work?
I've used both Swarm Commander and lemongrass oil. I've had better luck with the commander, but both have worked.

One thing that needs to be mentioned as well when catching swarms, is how far you move them after the catch. I go by the <2ft or >2 miles rule.

If you plan on keeping them near where you caught them, try not to move them more than 2ft per day until you have them in their final spot. Otherwise, try to move them more than 2 miles on your initial move. Their range is about 1.5-2 miles, so moving them greater than that will help you retain them after the move. If you move them greater than the couple of feet, they will literally come back to where the trap was and swarm around, looking for their new home that is now gone. When moving, I've also found it best to close them up the night before I move them, after they've mostly come back to the hive for the night, and then open them up in their new location early in the morning. Those that I've kept close to the catch site, I've placed on a wagon and just slowly moved them daily. I'm usually too impatient to do that, so my buddy and I tend to trade swarms that we catch and move them directly into our separate apiaries that are about 35 miles apart.

I'm no expert and still learning daily, but just a few tidbits that have helped me over the past couple years.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:30 PM   #59
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I've used both Swarm Commander and lemongrass oil. I've had better luck with the commander, but both have worked.


Does anyone know what exactly is in Swarm Commander? I have baited my trap with lemongrass oil, and havenít had any luck yet. I have also heard that bees like being around other bees, so you can put a swarm trap close to existing hives.
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Old 06-27-2019, 09:51 PM   #60
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Does anyone know what exactly is in Swarm Commander? I have baited my trap with lemongrass oil, and havenít had any luck yet. I have also heard that bees like being around other bees, so you can put a swarm trap close to existing hives.


I saw a report somewhere that said thereís pheromones in it, but how they would extract that, I have no idea. Iíve definitely noticed a difference when I use it over straight lemongrass oil, though.


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Old 06-28-2019, 02:25 PM   #61
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Would this be good to start with? Or is there something better?

https://www.amazon.com/Honey-Keeper-...H5WHY129AB0YQF
I read the first page of reviews and 4 out of the 5 pointed out deficiencies in materials. workmanship, and quality. That leads me to believe you will be wanting better quality hives pretty soon!
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Old 06-28-2019, 06:50 PM   #62
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Would this be good to start with? Or is there something better?

https://www.amazon.com/Honey-Keeper-...H5WHY129AB0YQF
I bought mine from Texas Bee Supply. Good people. Not sure how prices compare, when I bought my hives, they were established with a marked queen.

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Old 08-10-2019, 10:02 PM   #63
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I pulled some frames and harvested a little honey this weekend. I pulled 18 frames and ended up with almost 10 gallons of honey.

Pretty cool process.

A couple of pics from a few weeks ago before a lot of honey was capped off.

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Old 08-10-2019, 11:23 PM   #64
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Just got my second hive last week....Im kinda liking this
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:24 PM   #65
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:27 PM   #66
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I pulled some frames and harvested a little honey this weekend. I pulled 18 frames and ended up with almost 10 gallons of honey.

Pretty cool process.

A couple of pics from a few weeks ago before a lot of honey was capped off.[IMG]https:/uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190811/fdec466285fed2a1ec00d843b8d22e77.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https:/uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190811/5767ed85dd12bfce2656aec18cbf538a.jpg[/IMG][IMG]https:/uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190811/dda24c54c51b69b0a1b48429959e60ed.jpg[/IMG]

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Old 08-17-2019, 01:47 PM   #67
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If anyone is looking for a place to put some hives in NW Harris county I have some land with good forage around it.
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Old 08-19-2019, 12:01 PM   #68
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I just got my setup put together. Going to start out with three hives and get up to six by next spring.
I like that setup.

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Old 08-19-2019, 02:23 PM   #69
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If anyone is looking for a place to put some hives in NW Harris county I have some land with good forage around it.
Any ponds or lakes nearby?
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:39 PM   #70
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go to any bee supply and get your stuff. websites want to sell you stuff you don't need. Start with 1- 10 frame deep per hive of bees. this has to include a roof, an inner cover, entrance reducer and a screened bottom board with plastic tray. Put the hive where it is in the sun most of the day. this helps greatly to keep the hive beetles down. attend classes! you can never learn it all! good luck
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:38 PM   #71
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Any ponds or lakes nearby?


Yes a couple of ponds and spring creek is our property line
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Old 08-30-2019, 10:19 AM   #72
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Hey fellow Bee keepers!

28 Hives here and growing. Its a very addicting hobby!

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