Friday, March 23, 2012

We have bees............................... YES Really.

Reminder next day is Saturday 31st March at 2pm , bring bee suitable clothes , light colors, long sleeves and pants, closed shoes

On the 31st we will be moving this swarm into its permanent hive box too, as the catch box has to go back to Mr Wally.

Mr Wally and I caught a LARGE swarm this afternoon.

Up on the gutter of a 3 story apartment building at the Cardinal.

This pic was after we boxed them, click to make larger....and see the box on the upper railing

Very obvious Nazinov behavior, bums in the air and fanning madly..... this is a way to spread their hive scent out , so other bees can find where the majority are and where the queen

Lots of bearding as they settle onto the Nuc (5 frames) , didn't take long to realize there were far too many bees and we needed a full 10 Frame Deep box

Wally scraping the bees off the gutter, and then he sprayed Fischer's B Quik , which is an Almond scent bees dont like, so they wont settle back there.
Bridge between the Nuc and the 10 Frame boxes, and we could see the bees walking across from the small to the large 10 Frame Box
Last stragglers walking into the hive on the floor of the Balcony

The hive in its new location on the Hops farm around 9pm last night.

New hive in the field this morning, some bearding , but they are gathered over the old comb we used as an entrance block, feeder on top in case they need some food. New swarm should not need food , but helping keep them in same place.

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