Beekeeping, Gardening and Quilting in Eastern Wake County, North Carolina
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Same Swarm
So imagine my surprise yesterday afternoon when I saw a small swarm of bees under Hive #3. I think it might be the original swarm that flew the coop a couple of days ago. Anyhow I tried to get them but the queen was between the cinderblocks and the bottom board. It was really cold last night so I was afraid they would freeze but they were okay this morning. Mr. Ellis came to check on Hive #4 and helped me get the swarm in a nuc. He picked up the hive body and I took the bottom board with the queen and bees and put in the nuc - put another bottom board on Hive #3 and put the hive body back and they were fine. All the bees were with the queen on the bottom board so we shock them off and closed them tighter than a tick. So they're inside for a couple of days and then I'll put a queen excluder on the front of the hive. Don't want to take the chance of her leaving again.
Checked Hive #4 and they were fine. Switched the top and bottom brood boxes - lots of bees in the hive and new bees.
Hive #4 April 2016
Checked all the small hives and took the queen cage out. Bees are working hard and everything looked good.