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iball

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Does anyone have a Simon Snorkel or similar high access ladder.

There's a small swarm about 50yds away from me, unfortunately they're 30 foot up right in the uppermost brances of a tree, they could be my father's but there are still a lot of flying bees at his entrance bringing supplies in so perhaps not.

Anyway I've put a couple of nuc/transit boxes out with some frames of foundation and large scraps of brace comb, I don't have any drawn frames, I baited the boxes with some lemongrass oil.

Fingers crossed.

Ian
 

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I think you'll find a hamafer works better in assembling the skyhook.
 

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Well with none of the above they're still up in the tree, just chillin in the breeze.

Will they? Won't they?

It's exciting stuff this beekeeping malarkey, I think I need a lie down!!

Ian
 

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Come on man use your initiative!


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Yes, but the elfs would have something to say about it.
 

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Lateral thinking needed... try a helicopter.

Sorry, that's vertical thinking..

I'll get my parachute..
 

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Update

Horrendous rain on over Monday night and the swarm disappeared, nothing in the bait boxes on Tuesday.

My father called me over a couple of hours ago lots of activity in front of his hive with bees fighting, about a dozen dead bees in front of entrance. I leaned a board in front of the entrance. (Will a swarm try to populate a poulated hive?)

However what he hadn't noticed was a clump of bees about 10 feet away with a queen in the middle. I got the nuc box, caught the queen and popped her on a frame of drawn comb, with a foundation frame either side. Only a few hundred bees but they may attract others.

No idea where she has come from but we're going to wait for a couple of hours to see what happens and also look into his hive to see what we can see.

I'll make a decision as to what to do later, if she is from Monday's swarm then they'll get a little feed.

(Note to self: Weatherproof all boxes and nucs when you get them, not when you need them!!!)

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Kieth,
Send me a copy of my signed order on my headed paper and I'll sort it out.

Alternatively a couple of thingies and an oojamaflip will suffice.:biggrinjester:

Ian
 
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