The Swarm Trading Post

Information on Swarms and what to do if you have one. Or want one.
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Re: Swarm (possibly) wanted

Post by Dick » Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:24 am

You are very sensible wanting to keep placid bees particularly if you are in town.

In general the bees in swarms are very placid for several weeks if not months after capture. After that it is a hit and miss affair. The swarm could be gentle and highly productive but could be otherwise. Then you might find it necessary to requeen.

Nucleus colonies from beekeeping suppliers or packages from queen breeders have new mated queens that are ready to lay and are bred for the gentle nature of their progeny, high productivity and lack of desire to swarm. But then again, there is no guarantee.

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Re: Swarm (possibly) wanted

Post by RussAyres » Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:14 pm

Thanks Dick. I did not realise the swarm can remain calm for a while after being put in the hive. That's very useful to know. I will keep my eye out for any swarms in the next few weeks. Russ

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Re: Swarm (possibly) wanted

Post by laurie » Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:21 pm

The key factor is that you can change the temperament of he hive by changing the queen so even a nasty swarm is only a temporary issue.

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by Glenbee » Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:02 pm

Free swarm
I have a swarm that can be collected for free.
You will need to bring a box

Sorry swarm has been collected

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by paul » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:29 pm

I have a swarm read for someone to pick up

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by Marty3244 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:32 pm

I have a large Swarm caught in Waramanga today 21/10/16 that are looking for a new home.
If you would like to take ownership of them give me a call.

Marty in Monash.

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by jontie » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:59 pm

Looking for a swarm

Hi All,
I am looking for my first colony for a hive I have just set up in Wamboin.
I would be happy to pick up a swarm from anyone who has one for sale in the Canberra or surrounding areas.
I can be contacted on 0417 427 766.

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by paul » Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:12 pm

I have a swarm for anyone

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by LukeWillsmore » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:38 pm

I have a swarm which i collected this afternoon in Kaleen available to whoever wants to come and pick it up first.
Currently in a temporary foam box with a couple of frames which i would like to get back.
Give me a call on 0417857636 if your interested.

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Re: The Swarm Trading Post

Post by fionaveikkanen » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:14 am

fionaveikkanen wrote:Hi,
I have just set up two new hives and looking for a couple of swarms to fill them!
I don't need boxes, just the bees.

I am in Dickson.

Looking forward to hearing from you if you have a swarm or two needing a home.

Have received two lovely swarms, with thanks.

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