We have been busy and haven't been able to post for awhile. There is a lot of news to tell. The bees in the hive farthest away from the cabin swarmed while me and my dad were at camp. Once I got home we contained the swarm and got rid of the queen cells. They swarmed into a tree about 30 feet away and 6 feet in the air. The swarm measured about 1.5 feet long by 1 foot deep by 6 inches wide. There was probably around 8000-9000 bees in the tree.
My mom and another local beekeeper caught the swarm because me and my dad were at a camp in Wisconsin (Tomahawk). They found an empty super and then mom cut the branch while the beekeeper shook the bees into the super. They left them below the tree until we got back.
|My bees swarmed in a tree|
Then we carried the supers full of the swarmed bees over to the hive that they swarmed from. We had to decide if we were going try to move the swarmed bees to a new hive or try to put them back in there old hive. We decided to put them back in their old hive because the swarmed bees wouldn't have enough time to gather honey and pollen before winter and would likely not survive the winter. Also we didn't have any extra hives and we would have had to buy more.
|Dad bring the swarmed bees back to the original hive|
Our first attempt at bringing the swarm back to the old hive.
Then we were to leave the swarmed bees on the plywood and give them an entrance facing the opposite way. Dad made up a couple of boards to lift the hive so that they have could come in in and out. About a day later we replaced the plywood with paper to to slowly unite the hive. The paper had a small slit in it to let the bees go into the old hive.
|Swarmed bees are on top of the old hive|
|Slit to let the bees into the old hive|
Before we could put the swarmed bees on the newspaper we had to go into the old hives and look for queen cells and destroy them. If we didn't the bees would probably swarm again or the new queens would come out and fight and kill the good queen. There can been only one queen in a hive.
|This is a queen cell on one of the frames. The workers feed a larvae royal jelly to turn it into a queen.|
|More queen cells.|
Jim from Nature's Nectar thought the reason the bees swarmed is probably because they were hot in there hive so we made them a bigger entrance by taking out the entrance reducer.
|Taking out the entrance reducer|
|Bees coming and going from the old hive that swarmed|