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Walt/Tx    Posted 03-10-2017 at 12:11:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • spring is here, and the bees
  • This Red Oak in my backyard was literally covered with honeybees this morning which is a good thing with the decline in bee populations. This county used to have dozens of commercial hives around the cotton fields back in the day but very few now. Our local honey company has to import the honey from Mexico and South America now.
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    Charles (N.C.)    Posted 03-13-2017 at 13:47:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • With the cold frosty snow weather I'm guessing it has taken a toll on the early workers.Never see any flying around in the cold weather.I'm looking for them to return with much warm weather.

    poderac    Posted 03-13-2017 at 15:24:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Honeybees begin flying at approx. 43 degrees F. Below that, they stay inside and cluster to keep warm.

    Charles (N.C.)    Posted 03-10-2017 at 13:14:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I've also been seeing the Honey Bees here in lower N.C. for about 3 weeks.Also seeing the black boring bees,,,dang it.

    poderac    Posted 03-10-2017 at 17:22:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I caught my first swarm of the year Wednesday afternoon. Very early in the year for the center of NC.

    steveVa    Posted 03-10-2017 at 20:10:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • How do you catch a swarm?
    My dad used to keep bees, but I was 4 at the time...
    After they swarmed in the neighbors attic he moved them out to the country...

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 03-11-2017 at 05:21:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • They will usually land in a tree. Cut the branch and shake it into a box hive with a few frames in it. If the frames have a little honey on them all the better. As long as the queen goes in the rest will follow. You can also use a cardboard box if you don't have your hive built.

    Kirk

    poderac    Posted 03-11-2017 at 06:54:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Like Kirk said, they will follow the queen. This one was in a 2 in. dia., 6 ft. tall pine tree. I bent it over until the bees were touching the frames in my hive box. Then shook it. Most of the bees fell onto the frames and went down into the hive. The rest begin to follow. I placed the lid on and waited until they were all in, then took them home. Once there, I added 2 frames of honey I had stored, so they have something to eat until they can start bringing it in.

    steveVa    Posted 03-11-2017 at 07:40:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Thanks guys, I have heard that they are following the queen, I always wondered how you get the queen to go in the hive. The queen is bigger right? Is it easy to see the queen, or are there just too many bees all together??

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