Had an interesting thing happen yesterday when retrieving a swarm
A friend called me mid-morning yesterday to tell me of a swarm that he and a friend of his had stumbled across. I had helped the friend of mine get his first hive setup last year, and his interest in keeping bees has skyrocketed since then. I asked if he was sure he didn't want it, and he said no, so I headed over to retrieve the swarm. It was an easy capture of a nice-sized swarm, about 3' off the ground on a fence rail. I put a nuc under it, slapped the fence rail, and into the box they fell. The friend of his had started keeping this year, so I looked to him to ask if he was also sure he didn't want it. He first said no but then changed his mind and said "sure I'll take it."
So I basically caught a swarm for someone. And I had to tell him that I wanted my box and frames back after he got them transferred to his equipment. Am I the only one that thinks this is a little strange to take a swarm that someone else hived? I was too dumbfounded at the time to say anything to the contrary, and after all I had offered it to him so should have been OK with him saying yes.
I'm the dude, so that's what you call me.