Got my first swarm call yesterday. This is only my secound year with bees and this was my first swarm call ever. I got the call at 5pm. figured i would give it a try.
Discription of the swarm.
They were about 5 miles from my 12 bee hives.
About 8 feet high in a evergreen tree.
They looked to be about 6 plus pounds of bees.
The swarm was about a foot in diameter and 18 inches long or so.
So i set up a sheet of tin as a ramp to the hive, shock them 3 times into the box. Each time about 1/2 of the swarm would go back to the tree. Then a 7pm, i trimmed off the branch and layed it infront of the hive and left them like that overnight.
This morning, I went in with another super, good thing i did because i do not think that all the bees would fit into a sigle deep.
I trimmed up the branch a little more so it would fit into the box. then put branch and all into the box.
Took a piece of cardboard and shoveled the rest of the straglers into the box.
Bound them up, blocked the entrance and hauled them home.
My plans now are to lock them up for a day, feed them sugar water until they can't take it and get them ready for winter.
What an andventure.
Looking forward to my next swarm call.