Hiving the Swarm

Ten days after catching our first swarm, we decided to check on them and if they were doing ok move them into their permanent home (they were housed in a bait hive temporarily as that was all we had available at the time).

Swarm 1

We set the new hive up next to the bait hive (following the rule of thumb that you can move a hive three feet or three miles but nothing in between) and quickly moved the frames into the new hive.  The bees were very polite, they didn’t seem bothered by our intrusion and no stings!

There was beautiful, straight comb built on 6 of the 8 frames and we saw nectar and plenty of pollen.  We didn’t want to disturb them too much so didn’t go looking for the queen or eggs.  However, lots of pollen had been going into the hive from a couple of days after we caught them, so we figured all was well.

After consulting with the more experienced folk on the biobees forum, it was confirmed that having lots of pollen going in so early is a good sign that we have a healthy prime swarm (the first and usually biggest swarm from a colony in a season where the old queen takes off with a large chunk of the workers, these swarms are usually nice and strong).

Now we will leave this colony alone for a while to do their thing!

Humpy Creek Bee Hive