Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017
Great thread David, thank you.
Originally Posted by Riverderwent
I drop swarms (or tempt/drive them if they are on walls) into 6 frame nucs, then quickly put them on the ground and drop in mostly starter strip frames or sometimes shallow frames. (I'm not fussed about having them build on the bottom of shallow frames - they seem to make it all work just as well.) If any frames are riding on the bees I let them settle in of their own accord. This might mean only having 5 frames instead of the full 6. I pop a cover on, brushing away any bees that are sitting where they'd be squashed, pop a strap round, and try to put the nuc near the spot they came from - often on a stool or ladder. If I'm a way from home I'll wait around till most are in then snap the door shut and I'm away. Nearer home I might leave them till after nightfall or ask the homeowner to close the door after dark and fetch them in the morning.
One more thing: I slip a coin under each corner for ventilation, or, if its a big swarm, fetch a vented cover (which I try to carry)
Back at the yard they go straight on a stand; I open the door and its nearly job done. If they had only five frames I leave a brick upright on top, meaning 'do something' and next time I see it I remember to pop that last frame in and maybe add an eke and feed. If they are a large swarm I might add a (nuc) deep. I don't use queen excluders.
I caught my first swarm of the year in a bait hive last Wednesday. Or rather my friend did - he let me put a bait hive in his garden to try to catch bees, then his missus thought bees in the garden would be nice - and now they're their bees!
The race isn't always to the swift, nor the fight to the strong, but that's the way to bet