When we started keeping bees we read that a healthy hive will swarm, at least once every year. Our goal was to get through the winter without feeding, medicating, or miticiding. The swarm would be our sign of success. On a warm day March 30th, that’s what happened. We heard the loud buzzing, came out to witness the bees heading up to the top of a nearby spruce tree. I even tried ‘tanging,’ banging a spoon on a pan to create noise so they wouldn’t go far and would form near the ground. I was wildly unsuccessful. This would have been the swarm to get, but it was clearly out of reach.
Swarm number 2 is withing reach, but the 2nd log hive isn’t ready for it yet…I’ll have to stick it into the ‘back-up Warre.”
Well I ended up using a ladder to cut the bamboo and let the swarm drop into the white sail cloth basket.
After the bees were dropped in, we added the top bars with comb attached…hoping they would stay attached once I hung them in the hive.
I had already built the sugar frame shown below.
We slid the sugar frame into place.
Where this and other swarms are coming from…Bee Beard Log Hive.