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Swarm Chasing

Thursday July 12th, 2001, 2000

By six AM, I was out moving bees.  I had decided to thin out a yard that was a bit overstocked and brought back 40 hives that are supered to five high. Some were a bit heavy, so I think there is some honey there.  The shots below show the truck loaded, then tarped down.  The whole process takes only moments.  The third picture is a detail of the chains that hold the bottom of the tarp in place while permitting ventilation allowing for clearance lights to be seen.  The tarp tension is supplied by the roller attached to the tarp halfway up the side.

Most of the crew was off a a funeral for a friend who was killed in a truck rollover last Saturday night.  The other two fellows who were in the truck accident are in hospital in bad condition.  The whole thing has had a depressing effect on local youth.

Today Paulo went out to check for honey and to adjust the supers from weaker hives to better performing ones.  He tidied yards and generally looked things over.

Karl was working on the supers and got near the end of the job, however it has become apparent to us after many many 'last chances' that we can never rely on him to work independently, so he will not be coming back.  He does have a pleasant positive personality and can handle rejection very well.  I predict a great future for him somewhere in sales.

Around noon, I got a call from  the local bike shop.  A swarm had landed on a stack of junk bicycles they were cutting up for scrap and that cut their activity short.  I went over and caught it in a box with a window screen taped on, and took it home.  They watched from a distance at first, then came closer.  Then Cal was even happy to hold one of the bikes while I shook the bees off another into the box.  At least I tried to.  The cluster was on a wheel,  and the wheel rotated in mid-dump, dropping bees onto the ground and requiring us to wait while they marched merrily into the box.  In a few minutes most were in and I advised the proprietor to get to his shop forthwith to plug the holes in the siding which had been drawing bee attention when I first arrived.

After supper, Bill came to get another load of bees.  We were done loading at 12 and he headed home with 40 hives. (Actually 39: one was just barely a double).

Afternoon thunderstorms
Afternoon thunderstorms 

High 24C

Occasional showers or thunderstorms
Occasional showers or thunderstorms
Low 14C

Friday July 13th, 2001, 2000

Last night, after midnight sometime, I heard my computer reset and guessed that lightening had caused a power glitch.  Then the power was off for a while.  Today Matt D. was a no-show.  Jeff guessed that his alarm had been disrupted, and sure enough Matt called at 10:20 to say he just woke up.

Paulo and Dustin each went out to check for honey and to tidy yards.  Jeff is going to finally finish the supers today.  Matt K. is working on the Kelley drive conversions.

Joe and Oene came for supper and we had a bonfire.  I found a message on my phone that Terry Huxter is in the area and coming by in the morning.  I was up until 2 AM writing articles for BEE-L.  

Here is a list of my recent posts:

Item # Date Time Recs   Subject
035500 01/05/15 12:02 63 Re: Imirie Shim
035513 01/05/16 13:27 35 Re: Last Minute Reminder to Register for EAS 2001!
035521 01/05/18 05:55 90 Re: Fool Me Once- Apistan (Fluvalinate)
035537 01/05/19 14:26 39 Don't buy and queens...
035539 01/05/19 14:46 25 I saw a worker laying an egg
035544 01/05/19 20:44 36 Re: I saw a worker laying an egg
035550 01/05/20 22:36 28 Re: (Fwd) Re: sugar dusting
035551 01/05/19 16:09 28 Re: Don't buy and queens...
035557 01/05/21 16:18 27 Re: (Fwd) Re: sugar dusting
035558 01/05/22 08:51 34 Re: sugar dusting
035572 01/05/22 17:12 29 Re: Dragonflies
035580 01/05/23 11:09 24 Re: ultrasound and bees
035703 01/06/03 19:17 58 You Heard it Here First
035729 01/06/05 10:00 44 Re: splits
035745 01/06/05 21:55 52 Re: Two brood chambers...
035746 01/06/06 06:52 32 Re: Chemical to destroy colony
035769 01/06/06 22:33 59 Re: Chemical composition of fluvalinate
035844 01/06/12 03:21 64 Who Reads BEE-L?
035875 01/06/13 01:41 18 Heavy bee kill over the winter could hurt N.B. blueberry harvest
035876 01/06/13 03:44 60 Re: Bees and pets
035899 01/06/13 18:53 36 Rebate or rabbet
035903 01/06/13 22:11 55 Re: Don't buy and queens...
035933 01/06/15 07:27 59 Re: Don't buy and queens...
035954 01/06/16 03:07 78 Re: Don't buy and queens...
035965 01/06/17 18:13 27 Fan Mail
035985 01/06/18 15:49 37 Re: African bee briefing (1)
036029 01/06/23 14:12 24 Dead Bee Trap
036038 01/06/24 20:29 31 Re: Dead bee trap
036042 01/06/24 21:09 43 Fw: O sont les rejets de la reine
036056 01/06/26 01:52 83 Re: Does queen defecate in hive
036066 01/06/26 09:30 40 Re: Finding Queen Cells the easy way
036090 01/06/27 22:29 50 Re: Dead bee trap
036149 01/07/05 07:23 53 Re: Pollination problem?
036154 01/07/05 17:48 28 Re: Pollination "set"
036182 01/07/07 17:29 21 Re: BEE-L Digest - 5 Jul 2001 to 6 Jul 2001 (#2001-183)
036194 01/07/09 06:56 17 Re: BEE-L Digest - 5 Jul 2001 to 6 Jul 2001 (#2001-183)
036207 01/07/10 09:05 40 Re: Varroa control
036225 01/07/11 11:26 62 Re: 4.9 foundation
036235 01/07/11 17:46 115 Re: 4.9 foundation
036243 01/07/12 10:15 25 Re: Varroa control and screen size
036251 01/07/12 11:56 28 Re: 4.9 foundation
036270 01/07/13 07:32 56 Re: 4.9 foundation
036271 01/07/13 07:22 38 Re: 4.9 foundation
036275 01/07/13 11:49 37 Re: 4.9 foundation
036285 01/07/14 01:32 159 Re: 4.9 foundation
036288 01/07/14 11:04 66 Re: 4.9 foundation
Today: Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms. Wind light. High 26.
Tonight: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Wind northwest 30 km/h diminishing. Low 13.
Normals for the period: Low 9. High 23.

Saturday July 14th, 2001, 2000

A few minutes after seven, the doorbell rang, and there stood Terry and his son, Doug.  We visited for a while, then set about trying to find someone to repair his truck, which had lost fifth gear and was in danger of losing transmission function entirely.  Apparently this fifth gear thing is a common  Dodge problem with the transmissions used on the Cummins engines.  The nut comes loose on the back of the main shaft and if the truck driven too far in that state, serious problems arise.   I phoned everyone I know, but this is a summer weekend and all the shops were busy or closed.  Finally, I called Matt K who just got home from all-night Stampeding and he said he would look at it as soon as he caught a few winks.

Today: Sunny. Wind west 20 km/h. High 25.
Tonight: Mainly clear. Low 12.
Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind south 20. High 26.
Monday: Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13. High 26.
Tuesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. High 27.
Wednesday: Mainly sunny. Low 9. High 28.
Normals for the period: Low 9. High 23.

Sunday July 15th, 2001, 2000

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Today: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Wind west 20 km/h. High 26.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Wind southeast 20. Low 10.

Monday July 16th, 2001, 2000

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Today: Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 23.
Tonight: 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of an evening thunderstorm. Becoming partly cloudy overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h diminishing. Low 10.

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