What a cute little swarm, my in-laws sent me the pics http://www.countryrubes.com/informat...omegarden.html except, two very experience beekeepers with AHB told me that their swarms are small. IÂ’ve seen small swarms from hives that just kept swarming, before I learned about keeping swarms without requeening from our non-swarming hives (Â‘You are breeding those queens to swarm!!!Â’, but thatÂ’s another story). This seems tiny to me. We talked about taking it and requeening it with one of my extra queens (IÂ’m ready to combine some towers for this raspberry flow) and I have some extra really good fall queens. I could bring one down, it would be 5 or 6 days before she would be installed.
And then I saw the pictures, is this little hive worth it? I canÂ’t bring a nuke to add to it, IÂ’m spending a night in Mill Valley, it would be very difficult.
And to top it off, my husband really brought this home to me, we are going on a cruise, leaving Monday morning, with my parents, whoÂ’ve planned this for a long time, Â“What if something goes wrong right before we leave?!Â’
I have 3 zip in suits and lots of duck tape, IÂ’m not that worried, I think itÂ’s so small they would be the most docile at this point. The plan was to at night in the cistern, move the comb and kill the queen the next day, leave the queen with the beekeeper who canÂ’t lift anything heavy, but has a friend who would install the queen after we leave and hope for the best.
But itÂ’s so small, the beekeeper lost all of his bees, this would be it. No extraÂ’s to add to it. What do you think? The alternative is to kill it which would be sad.
[size="1"][ May 19, 2006, 11:08 AM: Message edited by: 2rubes ][/size]