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9 years 2 months ago #39180 by kai
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I am getting fed up of them, today the fourth swarm since xmas day has turned up and taken up residence.
A friend is dealing with them, but surely this has to be unusual to have so many swarms in one year. I had never even seen one before this summer.

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9 years 2 months ago #502532 by Aquila
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Something will be attracting them, Feel free to send some down here. I'm wanting a swarm to repopulate my hive but they are few and far between

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9 years 2 months ago #502536 by Deanna
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A swarm doesn't usually stay unless a home is available, they usually move on. Maybe the weather has increased the chances of more swarms.

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9 years 2 months ago #502542 by kai
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I am told there are a lot of hives 1km up the road the suspicion is that someone is not taking care of their hives.
They have made themselves a cluster each time they have arrived.

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9 years 2 months ago #502550 by Deanna
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kai;508573 wrote: I am told there are a lot of hives 1km up the road the suspicion is that someone is not taking care of their hives.
They have made themselves a cluster each time they have arrived.

Gosh at the price of honey this season, that would be surprising. A 2nd not so good season in a row.
It usually means very healthy full hives.
They form a cluster because they are protecting the queen, while the scout heads off and look for a new nesting site.

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9 years 2 months ago #502590 by mc2631
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Why don't you catch it in a hive?

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9 years 2 months ago #502591 by kai
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I don't keep bees and I don't want to. I don't like or use honey.

It is not too difficult to find someone to come and take them away, it is just a pain in the neck to have 4 lots in two months to get rid of.

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9 years 2 months ago #502600 by Name123
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Could be a business opportunity if they keep coming :-)

Make some cheap hives, catch the swarm, sell them on trade-me or in the local paper. If the buyer doesn't have the legal training to have a hive, refer them for lessons to a local who'll give it to them at a commission perhaps. Sell the experience of catching a wild swarm, put people on a waiting list. Don't even have to have the bees around long going that way.

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