Swarming Season

Posted October 23, 2014

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It is a hectic time of the year, looking for great locations with good nectar flow to place my hives, moving them which needs to be done at night or before sunrise (early starts and late finishes) and also managing them to prevent swarming.

Swarming season is now until the new year, and this week I have collect 4 swarms and 2 nests, from a number a different areas: Sunbury, Clarkefield and Romsey.

I have also missed a number of calls due to living in a black spot area with no mobile reception, so please if you can’t reach me on my mobile 0414895395 then call my home number 54289115. (I will be chasing Telstra this week to see what they can do to resolve this issue)

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The above photos are a swarm that was collected from Sunbury

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The above photos are from a swarm that I collected from Romsey, the swarm had decided to take up home in a cupboard under the back veranda, the last photo is where the bees have decided that they prefer the bee hive, so they are moving into their new home, pretty cool hey…. It is amazing watching them just walking in.

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This is a swarm that I collected from Clarkefield, the swarm had decided to set up home in the wall of an old house, I had to remove the old weather boards and then using my bee vac, vacuumed the bees into there new bee hive. Which they have taken to very nicely.

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This is a swarm I also collected from Clarkefield, the swarm had decided to attach its self to the bottom of the trailer on an old compressor, they happily moved into their new home.

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The above photos are of a bees nest that Kev and I removed in Sunbury, a couple of weeks back, they had made there home between the fence and a wall feature. We had to remove the fence palings to extract the bee nest.  Kev ended up with one bee sting which wasn’t to bad considering.

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The following 2 nests were removed from an old house in Clarkefield, one from the front and one from the back. The bees had been there for a long time, I had to remove the weather boards and then remove the comb and vacuum the bees into new bee hives, you always add some of the old comb and bee brood to help the bees get established in there new homes.

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