Hello. I live in west Texas south of Pecos, Texas on a small farm. Retired, old,and worthless....have SS Disability and saltwater disposal well income.....about $7,000/month. Own my 20 acre farm.
I had a wild swarm of honey bees take up residence in a big careless weed next to my Emu's water trough. They appeared to be starving and
out of energy, so I bought them a deep nuc 5 frame hive to be delivered by FedEx....but before it arrived I found an old man who had kept bees
and still had bee boxes (8 frame mediums). He sold me a box with frames and foundations which I cleaned with a wire brush and my pocket knife.
Then I painted the outside of the box white and after dark I put a pint of store bought honey in the foundations, then cut the stem of the
careless weed and after taking out two frames, shook the bees off into the box, then replaced the frames and put the top on.
The next morning I put a chicken waterer with sugar water on top of the box with those flat glass marbles in the watering trough so the bees could stand and drink without drowning. Then I put more honey out on plastic lids for them to feed on. They went through a half gallon of sugar water
and about two pints of store bought honey. They are very active now and seem to be settling into the box I prepared for them.
Did I do right to rescue them? I worked them without a smoker, a suit, or gloves....and got zero stings.