We caught a swarm…. It was about the size of a soccer ball.
My husband and I got on a ladder, I held the box over my head while the husband shook the bees down into the box. They didn’t seem to mind.
We got the queen on the first try, gave them some food, and they seemed quite content.
They liked the box and decided to hang out with us.
The next day, we got to go extract bees from the inside of an run down farm house. We tore out the wall, and segmented their comb. We placed their comb into frames, and put them into a box.
The comb looks like 2×4’s between the studs on the wall, but that is beautiful uniform beeswax comb with honey and brood. About 9 sections total, all about 4.5″ in length.
It was hot and sweaty work, but very rewarding. They did escaped, and had to be reset into the hive, but they seem to be doing well. Hot sweaty work in close quarters with lots of smoke.
Bees are really amazing little things.
This queen has a green dot on her back. She’s a Red Italian Queen Bee. The Italians are a very calm, and productive bee. She’s doing a great job. She’s in one of our other established hive. We suspect the swarm we caught is one of her daughters, and some of the bees from this hive.
We got to catch our own bees. Ironic. I felt like the momma again. “You had better get home! It’s past your bedtime, and I’m not chasing you all over this property. Now, get in that box!” Thankfully, they didn’t give us any lip back, and seemed happy to have their own room. Children….
The last few weeks have been a crash course in Swarming, honey flows, Re Queening weak hives, and just how bees are in the Spring. It’s the busy time, and they have taught us quite a bit.
Next week….it will be time to pull some honey. I’m pretty pumped about that. I can only imagine what I will get to learn next!