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So, I go out and look at the girls. "Hmm.. lots of activity. Are those bees robbing??" I reduce the entrance and go in the house to get a drink. I come outside and sit to watch. "Hmm...maybe instead those are new workers taking their orientation flight...the are going around in circles. Ahh, isn't that nice?" I go back inside for a few then come back out. The air is filled with bees and the drone is quite noticeable. "What the...?" I watch. The bees are now moving across the alley. I'm still watching. I see some light on the neighbor's fence. I continue watching. The rest follow. "THEY'RE SWARMING!!!!" Yeah, it took a while for the lightbulb to switch on. So, I run around like a chicken with it's head cut off, trying to find something to put them in before they get away. This is the part where I got caught with my pants down, as I have no nucs to hive swarms. Although I have a couple of supers ready to go for the spring flow, I have no extra BBs, inner covers or telescoping covers. :doh:

Finally, after running around in circles trying to figure out what to do for 10 minutes, I decided to grab the minnow bucket to put the bees in. It's got a lid and holes for ventilation! And it's got a handle too! Perfect! I put on my jacket, grab my brush and head to the neighbor's fence. WOW! There are more bees than I had thought. It was every bit the size of a small football. So I brush, they buzz, I brush some more, they buzz some more. Finally, I think I have the queen, even though there are a few stragglers. I put the lid on and put the bucket in the shade and see some bees lite on the lid. I smile. Now, I'm certain I have the queen. So, I proceed to piece together a temporary franken-bottom-board, add a Boardman feeder with 2:1 syrup, then dump the bees in the box. Because I have no extra tops, I swiped an inner cover from another hive and added a bee escape, to close up the top. I plugged up the entrance with grass, then decided I should slide the cover back a smidge for ventilation.

Phew!!
 

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Now, that's funny, Steven! LOL!!

I'll definitely be making some nucs, as the hive this one came from has more swarm cells. I suspect they may throw one or two more after swarms.

I discovered, after cracking open the parent hive, that the food supply was minimal at best, even though I had been feeding. Apparently, my other hive was robbing. I believe this for two reasons: 1. This hive was really fussy, when I started banging metal (blacksmithing). I was buzzed and head butted. 2. The Main parent hive had clear "nectar" in the newly drawn cells in the super. The dirty rats.

So, I have a day off wednesday and I will be moving hives out to the new beeyard.

Now, that I have my first swarm capture under my belt, even though it was my own bees, I feel more confident about subsequent swarms...I think. :D
 
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