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    Had 4th swarm of Spring this weekend. They balled up on swing set just outside my shop. Running out of hive equipment, but brother found a frame and supers at Tractor
    Supply on Sunday. Only one they had and got it. We then put them in it, sealed it and took it next door to my Brother's farm. That give him 2 new hives. Again the person
    in picture is my brother, I am not in photo as I am taking it (LOL).

    On another note, mt nephews came down to check some game cams and do some fishing. They were catching cat fish in my pond as fast as they could get
    their bait cast. I swear the float would hit the water and within seconds go straight down (LOL).
    Occam's razor, the simplest explanation will be the most plausible

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    where do you think these bees came from?

    they werent more of yours you already had were they?
    say what you mean & mean what you say!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdk1968 View Post
    where do you think these bees came from?

    they werent more of yours you already had were they?
    They are swarms from one of my older hives. They can swarm more than once in spring, summer, but 4 times this quick is unusual. Usually if you see a bee swarm, somewhere within 30-50 yards is the parent hive.
    They will stay balled up for 1-3 days until their scouts find them a new home. When the scouts agree on a location the ball of bees will break up and the scouts will guide them to the new location, which can be a good distance away.
    They say 80% of the scouts have to agree on the location before the rest of the bees will follow them.
    Occam's razor, the simplest explanation will be the most plausible

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    Interesting. Learning about bees on a gun forum. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottz63 View Post
    Interesting. Learning about bees on a gun forum. Lol
    Not surprising if they're in multiples of 218!

    Ok, that was kind of a stretch

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdowney View Post
    Not surprising if they're in multiples of 218!

    Ok, that was kind of a stretch
    Lol!
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    ok dummy question for ya BS....

    do your hives pull the old Baptist Church thing & split every so often to go make a new church/hive?

    or do they just get bored & want a new house?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdk1968 View Post
    ok dummy question for ya BS....

    do your hives pull the old Baptist Church thing & split every so often to go make a new church/hive?

    or do they just get bored & want a new house?
    It is their way of reproducing. Usually spring time, which is normal for most species, which give the young (in this case new hive), good weather and plenty if food to grow and get is shape so they can survive a winter.
    i.e. the old hive spins off new hives in the spring, early summer. Also it is a way to reduce over population if the hive runs out of room. I need to give my old hive some more honey supers as soon as this rain stops.
    They need the space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckshot View Post
    It is their way of reproducing. Usually spring time, which is normal for most species, which give the young (in this case new hive), good weather and plenty if food to grow and get is shape so they can survive a winter.
    i.e. the old hive spins off new hives in the spring, early summer. Also it is a way to reduce over population if the hive runs out of room. I need to give my old hive some more honey supers as soon as this rain stops.
    They need the space.


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    I saw s football sized bee swarm whole canoeing on the river this morning. It was high in a sycamore tree crook and it looked like a mammal moving about. Upon closer examination we saw it was wild European honey bees.what a great sight it was to see.
    We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union

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    Cool thing to see!
    Occam's razor, the simplest explanation will be the most plausible

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