Swarm Prevention for Honey Beesby: Marcus Moyersbeeman.2@netzero.netTVBA  Meeting February, 23, 2009<br />Tennessee Valley...
Swarm Prevention for Honey Bees<br />What Makes a Swarm?<br />Definition<br />What Actions Start Taking Place?<br />New Qu...
Swarm Prevention for Honey Bees<br />When Swarms Typically Occur<br />Times of the year<br />Shook Swarming<br />Various q...
Swarm Prevention for Honey Bees<br />Some Swarm Behavior Questions:<br />What is swarm behavior?<br />Why does it occur:<b...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Aspects of Swarms<br />Be informed, and be prepared<br />      ahead of time.<br />Hiv...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Preventing Swarms<br />When to re-queen, spring<br />      or fall?<br />Relieving ove...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Discovering Queen<br /> In the Hive<br />When looking into your<br />      hives.<br /...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />More About When You Find<br />Queen Cells<br />The decision to save the <br />      qu...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Catching Swarms<br />      (Question:  How do you do it?<br />      Answer:  Very care...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Hiving a Swarm<br />Importance of having the<br />      right equipment ready.<br />Sh...
Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Quick Review of Swarm<br />Swarm Prevention<br />Watch for overcrowding<br />Watch for...
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  1. 1. Swarm Prevention for Honey Beesby: Marcus Moyersbeeman.2@netzero.netTVBA Meeting February, 23, 2009<br />Tennessee Valley Beekeeping Association Mission Statement:<br />“To promote the study, science and craft of beekeeping and to provide education and encouragement to all Tennessee Valley Beekeepers.”<br />
  2. 2. Swarm Prevention for Honey Bees<br />What Makes a Swarm?<br />Definition<br />What Actions Start Taking Place?<br />New Queen in Cell.<br />Piping Sound.<br />Purpose of the Piping Sound.<br />The Chain Saw Sound.<br />
  3. 3. Swarm Prevention for Honey Bees<br />When Swarms Typically Occur<br />Times of the year<br />Shook Swarming<br />Various queen issues<br />When there are swarm issues,<br /> i.e. weather issues<br />
  4. 4. Swarm Prevention for Honey Bees<br />Some Swarm Behavior Questions:<br />What is swarm behavior?<br />Why does it occur:<br />Once a swarm starts, can it <br /> it be stopped?<br />Can bees sting during a<br /> swarm?<br />What happens to the remaining<br /> hive, now?<br />
  5. 5. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Aspects of Swarms<br />Be informed, and be prepared<br /> ahead of time.<br />Hive components needed.<br />Use drawn combs or <br /> foundation.<br />Deep hive body vs. nuc<br /> (nucleus) box.<br />Exercising good <br /> practical judgment.<br />
  6. 6. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Preventing Swarms<br />When to re-queen, spring<br /> or fall?<br />Relieving overcrowding<br />Over-supering, what is the<br /> advantage?<br />
  7. 7. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Discovering Queen<br /> In the Hive<br />When looking into your<br /> hives.<br />Take notice of the queen`s<br /> laying pattern.<br />Examine physical shape of <br /> the queen.<br />
  8. 8. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />More About When You Find<br />Queen Cells<br />The decision to save the <br /> queen.<br />Cutting out queen cells.<br />Splitting a hive.<br />
  9. 9. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Catching Swarms<br /> (Question: How do you do it?<br /> Answer: Very carefully!)<br />Has the homeowner tampered<br /> with the swarm?<br />Some transportation do`s and <br /> don&apos;ts.<br />Other misadventures?<br />
  10. 10. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Hiving a Swarm<br />Importance of having the<br /> right equipment ready.<br />Sheet on the ground method.<br />The use of nine frames and why.<br />How to use smoke during this<br /> activity.<br />
  11. 11. Swarm Prevention of Honey Bees<br />Quick Review of Swarm<br />Swarm Prevention<br />Watch for overcrowding<br />Watch for increase in population<br />Watch weather conditions<br />Understand what wet/rainy<br /> conditions can do<br />Learn your hives by working<br /> and observing them.<br />
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