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Justme

Swam collection, any tips?

Just had a neighbour call round. He has a swam by his front door :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Been & had a quick look & they are all over the place at the min. They have started to comb build (very little) in a chimney pot on the underside of a stone grind wheel that is on top. Tried to collect them up but they were very flighty & spread over a large area. Said I will come back later when its cooler & darker to try again. With luck they will be all in the chimney & I can drape a cloth over it all.

Any tips?  

Managed to get my first few stings as well through my trousers. Gloves were covered in stinge
bodger

Phone Pete Haywood.
Jim

CUT THE COMB OFF THERE BUILDING PUT IT IN A BOX OR SKEP NEAR TO THEIR LOCATION AND COLLECT AT DUSK THEY SHOULD HAVE CLUSTERED AROUND THEIR COMB IN THE BOX/SKEP BY THEN.
IF YOUR GETTING STUNG THEY MUST HAVE BEEN THERE A FEW DAYS NOW AS USUALLY A FRESH SWARM ARE FULL OF HONEY AND VERY MELLOW
Justme

When I said they had built comb I meant the start of it not the actual comb yet. Yeh they arrived yesterday on mass & day before in smaller numbers.

When I went back they were much calmer. Managed to get a good 90% into the box.



























bodger

Sounds like you're cooking with gas now Richard.  I didn't know that you were kitted up with a hive.
kaz

Well done Richard it must be very satisfying to see them walking in like that.
Justme

bodger wrote:
Sounds like you're cooking with gas now Richard.  I didn't know that you were kitted up with a hive.


Did you miss the thread about the TBH (Top Bar Hive) I made myself?











Jim

cracking job
looks a decent swarm for july
Justme

kaz wrote:
Well done Richard it must be very satisfying to see them walking in like that.


Yes, but at the time it was pure terror lol.

Typical of me just jump in at the deep end & hope I can swim.
Jim

they breed like buggery so a few hives in bodgers orchard looks like a must now

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