|Swarm March 2016|
Hive #2 - empty - nothing, no queen and no bees. So I'm thinking (hoping) that might be where the swarm came from.
Hive #1 - the bees were all still in the package box and were making foundation inside the package box. The queen was still in her cage and workers were all around the cage so she'll be out in a day or so. No choice but to dump the bees in the brood box. So my good intentions of not banging and shaking the bees was shot to hell because that's exactly what I had to do. Sprayed a little sugar syrup and banged the heck out of the box to get them inside the brood box.
|Foundation made by bees inside package box|
The bees were the most pleasant little girls throughout all this opening, closing, opening again to make sure I saw what I thought I saw, and banging the heck out of the bees, etc. I did get stung on my foot but no big deal with that. So hopefully the temperament of these bees will continue to be good.
|New Home for Swarm|
UPDATE - evidently these girls didn't like their new home! By Friday afternoon they were gone. Didn't see it so no chance of catching them again. The queen must have been released to soon with the package bees. They need 4 days or so to get acclimated with the new queen and this didn't happen. I must have pushed the candy out of the queen bee cage or it fell out - something happened to make them release her so early. Well - you just live and learn.