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    Default I guess I'm a beekeeper now.

    Two days ago, My neighbor came over and said he had some bees on his pine tree. I went over and it was a swarm of bees, and bunched all up on a branch.
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    So, I went out and bought a beehive. We shook the swarm into the hive yesterday, and today, they appear to be happy, healthy, and busy as bees.
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    Tonight after dark, I will move the hive to my backyard.

    I see some new meads in my near future!
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    Sweet deal!
    “Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime!”

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    You got that right. Now I'll be getting my honey for free!
    Living and Working in Brownsburg, IN
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    Ever neat!! Keep us posted on how your girls do!!
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
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    Congratulations.

    A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon...

    don't know what a swarm in May is worth, though.
    Making Mead With TLC since 2010

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    That's awesome!

    Good luck with it!

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    nice one now you will be hooked

    it looks to be a good sized swarm. however dosn't look like many bees in the hive. you can get multi queen swarms so your swarm probably just swarmed. hopefully it left a queen behind. sometimes they just leave bees behind and in a few days the remaining bees disappear.
    so don't go thinking you have done something wrong if they suddenly disappear in the next few days.

    also get a hive mat/inside lid (or a top feeder) so they don't glue the lid to the frames. you want a bee space above the frames.

    i recommend joining the local bee club or getting in touch with a few commerical guys. you have a bit learning to do but the all important expericence is the hard thing to get when you only have one hive.

    most importantly.......enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlchemist View Post
    Congratulations.

    A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon...

    don't know what a swarm in May is worth, though.
    Come to think of it, I believe a swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay...
    Making Mead With TLC since 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlchemist View Post
    Come to think of it, I believe a swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay...
    you got it

    ETA: Man, I just looked at the date on this thread...ah well, so how's the bees doing, Allen?
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