Sunday, April 29, 2012

Another swarm from the orange hive...

Well the orange hive put out another swarm today. It's been about 8 days since they swarmed the first time and this is another big cluster of bees. Not sure if they have a queen or not but I was able to get 85% or so of them into a nuc box. I'm hoping I got the queen if they had one and that they stay. There were bees landing back on the branch they moved to when I cut the first down but they weren't clustering, just spread out. Time will tell if I go the queen I guess.

Also I need to fix the hive stands. There's a small crack under the bottom boards and these bees did what the stained hive did by going under it. I put the bottom slide in boards on the stained and orange hive and tonight I'll spray whatever bees have accumulated under them with soapy water. I'm not going to deal with cutting hives out every time I have a swarm. I'm planning to fix them tomorrow and I will build the hive differently in the future to prevent it from happening again.

Second swarm from orange hive.

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