8 responses

  1. Tim
    June 17, 2012

    I caught a swarm last week and wow its pretty cool. They will amaze you at how fast they will build comb. put lots of empty frames with foundation in as they will build like mad.

    • Phillip
      June 17, 2012

      Yeah, they have three fully drawn frames with some honey on the edges that we had planned to use for a swarm trap (not anymore). We gave them about 5 litres of syrup in a frame feeder, too, and added a second brood box with some partially drawn comb in the middle. Hopefully all the empty space in the second brood box won’t discourage them. I’ve heard that it can, but also I’ve heard from many beekeepers that a swarmed hived will build up so fast that they can fill in a deep within days. And we won’t be able to check on them for another week, so we figured we’ll add the extra box just in case they really go town on it.

  2. Emily
    June 18, 2012

    Very happy for you guys.

  3. Phillip
    June 18, 2012

    I say it was our best beekeeping day so far because we didn’t have to concern ourselves with nosey, suspicious neighbours. Whenever we inspected our hives or did any kind of beekeeping, we always made sure that our immediate next door neighbours weren’t in their back yard, and if they did come out, we’d quickly finish up whatever we were doing. We enjoyed the bees, but it was never a fully relaxed environment.

    To have bees in a residential urban environment, it’s probably best to be on friendly terms with everyone in the neighbourhood. That’s just not possible or desirable where I live.

    I’d also like to say that our neighbourhood isn’t full of bee-hating jerks. The neighbours on the left side of our house are great, a totally laid back older couple. The neighbours on our right are a mixed bag. A nice old lady lives in the house, and she was always agreeable to having the honey bees close by. But some other people who live in the house are the type who will call the fire department complaining about killer bees before they’ll bother trying to talk to us about their concerns in a rational manner. Constantly feeling that kind of vibe took some of the fun out of beekeeping.

    We love the new location.

  4. Phillip
    June 19, 2012

    I quickly checked on the hived swarm yesterday. They seem happy in their new home.

  5. Tonia Moxley
    June 19, 2012

    There is just something magical about swarms. That’s a corny way of putting it, but it’s the most fun I’ve had with bees so far. I’m glad you’re enjoying the bees in the country. Glad you had a nice place to bring them.

  6. Jeff
    June 21, 2012

    Phil, you’ll have honey out of that colony this year. Feed them for another week or two then cut them off. You’ll be amazed how fast a swarm recovers and builds up that comb.

  7. Chris Inch
    June 29, 2012

    Looks like an awesome capture! I’ve gotten a few calls recently about swarms in South-Western Ontario, but I haven’t been able to go get one yet as I don’t have any extra hive equipment at the moment.

    All the best for this swarm and hopefully it turns into a nice healthy colony.

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