4/22 - Nashville, got a call today and got a swarm around 3 pounds of bees.
4/22 - Huge swarm in a Magnolia on the edge of my property and my neighbors. He has 1 small hive and I have around 7. Think they swarmed from by largest hive this AM. Anyway it must have 10 pounds of bees. Put most of them in a 8-frame high body. Left hive by the tree. Looked late this evening and the swarm size is really large again in the tree. Not sure if the bees came back out of the hive. I saw a lot of them going into the hive earlier. Is it possible that there is more than 1 queen in this huge swarm?
4/22 - Got a call for another swarm in Nashville while going to the swarm mentioned above. Bees almost on the ground. Can't go. Gave the name of another beek and he turned the swarm down. Said to far to go for a small swarm.
4/22 - Got a call from the same guy in Smyrna that I retriived a swarm from yesterday (4/21). This is the 4th swarm starting on Easter! He says that he now doesn't see any activity in the "bee holes" up in the dying tree. Will try and go back and get this swarm too! Could all of the bees be swarming out of the tree for some reason??
Our largest hive swarmed today at about 1 pm. I was VERY lucky and able to capture the swarm and have them in a nucleus colony box. I am all out of hives right now. I put out 10 hives about a month ago. It was a pretty good size swarm ball of about 3 times the size of a package of bees.
Picked up a small swarm today. Easiest one so far. Small swarm that had been in a tree since yesterday evening and it rained most of the night. Cut the limb and lightly shook it on top of the frames. Ladies went right in. Put on the top and they started coming in from the entrance. Strange thing though! The bee population seemed to be growing. There were a lot of bees at the entrance when I left the hive and bees seemed to be still arriving.
Got a call about a bee hive in a tree. HIve has been there for at least 3 years. Want to cut the tree down. Went and looked at it yesterday. Will probably have to screen off the opening and then cut the tree down.
What's the best way to get the bees to leave the cut down tree and into a box. Figured I would cut the tree a second time closer to the entrance and maybe further up the tree as the bees seem to be going up into the tree.
Got another swarm today. Same place as last Wed. Larger swarm this time. Strange thing though. As I was walking up to the tree that was suppose to have the swarm I saw bees flying around between that tree and a large cedar that was just ahead of me. Seemed to be a little swarm in the cedar tree too. After looking longer I realized that the bees had been there for a few days as they had already made comb.
When I cut the branch with the swarm and put it on the sheet in front of the hive the bees started marching in and fanning. In fact the bees a foot or two away and the sheet were fanning too!
Went back to the hive/comb on the cedar tree and it had declined in size and could see the comb better. Guess some of the bees went to the hive I set up.
Had a little 3-frame medium nuc with me. I cut the cedar branch and threw it in front of the hive. A lot of the bees fell on the cover which was upside down. After a while I put the cover on lightly so as to not squish any of the ladies. As soon as I did that the rest of the bees on the ground and around the box went into the nuc. Now I am pretty sure there is no queen.
Think I might take these bees and just leave them in the nuc, feed them SW and let them make me some comb.
Got a call for a swarm at an elementry school. Stayed there for almost 3 hours. After I got the swarm hived, the bees kept coming. Finally got tired and closed up the hive and left. I got there probably 1.5 to 2 hours after the swarm arrived.
Ist it possible that these were just stragglers or was it bees that were still coming to joing the swarm?
While there got a call for another swarm but it was too late to go. Will call back around 6:30 in the morning. If the swarm is still there, I will go and get it.
I really need to get some nucs made. Most of these swarms could be hived in a 5-frame nuc. Especially if they were high body nucs.
Got another swarm today. Pretty good size. Put it in a cardboard box and brought it home. Started a 5-frame med nuc last night. Finished it up this morning and got a coat of primer on it after I got back with the swarm. Once the primer dried, I hived the swarm in the nuc. Seemed to be more bees than a 5-frame nuc, but without any comb, they should be okay and busy making comb. Never did see the queen. Put a pint of bees in each of 2 smaller hives in the yard to boos their numbers from this swarm.
Hived a swarm this morning. Around 3 - 4 pounds of bees. Got the call last night. Said the swarm had been there for around 2 days. Nice looking bees. Were in a very small cherry tree around 4' off the ground.
Trying to make some deep 5-frame nucs. But can't make them fast enough. That goodness, I still had 4 cardboard nucs. 1 in a tree, 2 on the carport and 1 not made up yet. Well I have another 1 on the carport but the bees have been swarming into it since yesterday late afternoon.
Got a nice swarm this morning. At least 4 pounds. Hived them into a 5-frame cardboard nuc with junk for frames. Brought them home and about 45 minutes later I moved them over to a 5-frame Nuc that I made (high body) with a screened bottom.
Darn girls wouldn't completely leave the cardboard nuc so I left it beside the wooden nuc. Came back a little while ago and those girls were bearding the outside of the cardboard nuc and in the corner in the inside of the nuc (no frames, took them out). Good frames in the wooden nuc.
So this time I dumped them into the wooden nuc, and hurled the cardboard nuc as far as I could so that they wouldn't have the smell of it nearby. Left the top open on the wooden nuc. Hopefully they will settle down and I can close it up.
Don't want to loose this swarm. It's large enough that it should fill out all 5 frames in a week. Can then added another box on it or move them to an 8-frame or 10 frame box.
Got a call yesterday from animal control about a swarm in someone's back yard. Went there and found a fairly large mass of bees, but it was more than 40 feet up in a large oak tree, completely inaccessible. I put out a hive with lemon grass oil sprinkled near the entrance to see if I could entice them. A few scouts were checking it out when I left but so far the swarm hasn't moved in or left. Any suggestions?
A quick update on my swarm situation which I posted above. I went back to see if the scouts might have directed the swarm into my bait hive (no luck) and arrived just as the bees were beginning to leave. I fully expected them to fly away, never to be seen again, but instead they landed in a nearby bush about 10 feet off the ground. I had a step ladder so I captured them in a box with no difficulty and had them in a hive 30 minutes later. Amazingly, in that short amount of time between getting them in the box and hiving them, they had already produced a few dozen little spots of wax on the cardboard. They seem ready to go to work. And this was a big swarm too, covering almost all 10 frames of the deep hive body. So now they're in their new home, being feed and, hopefully, settling in. That was my third—and last—swarm of the season.
Got a call in Nashville about a swarm. Was on the ground. Owners said it was huge the night before. Area of bees on the ground then was about 4'x4'. This was a small mound of bees. Maybe 1.5 -2 pounds at the most. But it ended up having a queen. Got most of the bees and the queen.
A small cantaloupe-sized swarm issued from one of my hives late this afternoon and landed on another hive causing considerable fighting. I collected them into a makeshift hive and will put them in a more permanent home in the morning. I'll treat them as a nuc and maybe combine them with another hive later on.