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  Topic: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Trun89410

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:50 pm   Subject: Ingo
Yes, I did see that they appear to be overcrowded. Bad on me for letting that happen. But the bottom box was empty just a month ago and I never expected them to build and expand so much so early. Ne ...
  Topic: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Trun89410

Replies: 11
Views: 12675

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:46 pm   Subject: Swarm
Thank you both for the replies.

I do believe, as you both said, that they are preparing to swarm. They all went back in last night. Today I haven't seen the chaotic bee explosion of yesterday yet ...
  Topic: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Trun89410

Replies: 11
Views: 12675

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:06 pm   Subject: Update
The bees chaotic flying (think of the old Benny Hill show but with 20k bees!) has settled down but there is still very heavy bearding on the hive in question. The bearding is heavier than I remember e ...
  Topic: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Trun89410

Replies: 11
Views: 12675

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:38 pm   Subject: Bees going nuts? What is happening?
Hi all,

I have two Warres that came through their first winter in good shape. Today, after a rainy weekend they seem to be going crazy. In addition to bearding on one of the hives. There are lit ...
  Topic: Swarming!!! Right now!
Trun89410

Replies: 7
Views: 10011

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:55 pm   Subject: They're in
Bees are in the new hive. I just hope they stay in it!

On the plus side of all this, I learned I can catch a swarm and build a hive. Sometimes stress can be a great motivator, I guess.

Thanks ...
  Topic: Swarming!!! Right now!
Trun89410

Replies: 7
Views: 10011

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:20 pm   Subject: Quick update
I caught the swarm yesterday afternoon then ran to the lumber store and bought some wood for a hive. Then I came home and started building. I hope to have it built and the bees inside it by midday. ...
  Topic: Swarming!!! Right now!
Trun89410

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Views: 10011

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:52 pm   Subject: Idea
Maybe I could catch them, and dump them into the newly installed and empty bottom box, then add the other two already filled boxes on top?

Is there a chance they'll go back to the hive on their own ...
  Topic: Swarming!!! Right now!
Trun89410

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:40 pm   Subject: Swarming!!! Right now!
Warre hive, 6.5 weeks post-installation of 3# package. They had filled the top box and about 3/4 of the bottom. I just went out to add a new box and discovered at least half my bees in a swarm on a j ...
 
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