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Old 11.06.2016, 14:10
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You could register at the local police station as someone willing to take a swarm. This is your cheapest option if you have everything ready, and are willing to be called out. Unfortunately sometimes swarms are in almost inaccessible places, and these are usually destroyed. But you might get lucky.

You should learn about bee diseases, it seems that many people don't!
Good idea Sbrinz - thanks for that
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Old 11.06.2016, 14:17
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Try and find a copy of "The Gentle Craft" by Adams. It is a bit outdated by now, but a really good read even if you don't end up with your own colonies. A real old fashioned Almanac style book.
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Old 11.06.2016, 14:38
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Re: beekeepers

Although there's nothing wrong with catching swarms, be aware that it may be a wild swarm that is contaminated with disease (more likely than a swarm from a beekeeper's hive).

Also, swarming is not considered a desirable trait genetically- you don't want the hive to swarm very often.

And, bees swarm for a reason, usually because the queen has aged to the point where she is no longer laying such a high % of fertilized eggs. She leaves with few thousand workers and leaves the original hive location and most of the colony to an emerging new queen. A queen in a swarm will likely not be as prolific of an egg layer, which effects colony population and productivity.

That said, there's nothing wrong with it and it's pretty cool to do. A beginner might be better off ordering a young queen from a queen breeding facility, but if you have someone around with a bit of experience to help out (like your beekeeper neighbor), go for it.

One last thing, it is not natural to force a swarm into one's hive/location. They will have been already scouting out new sites, and communicating over which site is best before coming to a concensus and moving the swarm to the new home. Forcing them into an unknown location may be a bit of a shock. To ease the shock, try asking yor neighbor if you can trade him your new hive body/super (the wooden boxes) for a few of his used, disease-free boxes to use at the start. The bees will recognize the natural smell of a hive and will have less shock. If that's not an option, rub some lemon oil around the inside of the hive body - they like lemon oil for whatever reason.

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Interesting article about having a bee home with mason bees here.
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Old 05.05.2020, 19:55
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For anyone interested in keeping bees I started a Facebook page three or four years ago for English Speaking Beekeepers in Switzerland, it is beginning now to get some momentum. As a foreigner here it is often daunting to get started, what do I need, what laws are there etc. Now in my second year of actually having bees in my garden, I am willing to help and share information. If anyone in interested here is the link:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/265835787100857/
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