I just found out last weekend that I have a neighbor that keeps bees (YES!!!). He has kept bees for years and currently has 4 hives.
He is pretty wealthy and owns this HUGE field that he uses as his own personal airport out here in the country part of our county. His home and hives are also located in this big field. I live in a subdivision right up next to his field. Just met his wife last weekend and told her about my soon to be bees and that is when I found out about him beeing a beek also.
Anyway, she just explained to me that all of his bees died off last winter and he just recently installed some new packages in all of his hives several weeks ago... possibly up to a month ago.
I have a swarm trap out in on of my trees already. I had it out prior to even knowing if there were any colonies close by. I'm pretty excited to know that I'm in very close vacinity of 4 colonies now.
My questions is, how likely is it for a first year hive to swarm? if it is likely at all I think my odds are a little bit better due to him having 4 of them.