Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bee Swarm


The bees are swarming around here. A close neighbor stopped by to see us in the morning, because he had a swarm in a large birdhouse. We discussed what to do with the swarm. He was given an old bee box and frames, complete set. He went to get the free supplies and then we would assist him in the evening. Luckily, we have recently watched a video about catching swarms. and had a basic understanding of the process. The capture went off very well.

Meanwhile, on the home front, we had a hive that decided to swarm about 12 noon. They did not go far, just to the lower branches of an apple tree, about 30 feet away. It took about 20 minutes for the bees to settle into a hanging swarm like you see in the photo. We were racing around, putting together a way to capture (our own bees) them. We managed to put together a make do hive for that purpose. And....................we did it! Yes, and now we have a third hive. Early this morning we put the bees into a real hive, and now they are located in the aviary yard. The bees are not as calm as normal, I walked about 20 feet from the hives this morning..........and got stung. Ice pack, and I am fine.