Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Honey Bee Swarm
The excitement today is that one of our honey bee hives decided to swarm. I just had finished a full day of working on the farm. I sat down outside to rest a bit, and the bees took flight. They start flying above their hive in a circular pattern. The noise of all those bees is pretty loud and noticeable.
The swarm decided to travel about 8 feet, to the nearby apple tree...and clustered on a branch in the top photo. There is no time to waste when we need to capture the swarm...get all the needed items and go to work. Did you know that bees are very docile at this time, they have no home to protect...and just want to stay with the queen. Everyone that panics about a swarm...don't do it...located a bee keeper to take the bees away.
The bottom photo is taken about 1/2 hour later, and the bees are captured and happy to have a new home. We are happy to have captured our own bees...and have a new hive.