Technically Swarm 1.2
So the first swarm of honeybees felt begrudged by the "OBVIOUS SLIGHT" that happened yesterday when the second swarm of bees was given an actual hive and they were slumming in their 5 frame, cardboard nuc. The queen must have taken notice of this and taken major offense since today I was walking by the nuc that held the first swarm and noticed them trying to pull a mass evac from the nuc. The jar of syrup was pushed up against the entrance so they only had a small port to shoot out of. I moved the jar a bit and the torrent ensued.
"YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME!!"
3 SWARMS IN 3 DAYS!!
The swarm had decided to mass on a branch about 30 feet up a tree. I was not very happy with this and chose to take my pole saw and jar them loose of the branch in hopes of them choosing a lower branch. While this worked perfectly to shift their massing location, I think I pissed them off a bit. I made sure to not let the mass get too large but they still were agitated by it.
The swarm filled in on a nice low branch of my Hawthorne bush, right next to where their nuc had been. This made relocating them in their NEW hive a lot easier. At least so I thought.
I was able to get good video of them beginning the mass of the swarm landing. The pile just gets bigger and bigger as each bee lands on and holds onto the group.
Somehow I managed to scavenge enough frames for to mediums, I had the inner lid and outer lid, plus a base riser. The only thing missing was a base board. Being in a rush I had to make something quick so i managed this. It is not the greatest but it is the correct size to hold the hive and keeps the base off the ground. It took a couple of tries at setting it up but in the end it is the right size and the hive is working fine.
So now that my temperamental bees are in their full sized hive with some drawn combs ready to be filled, I really hope they keep their asses in place and do their duty.
After 3 or 4 stings to the head, I'm ready to be done dealing with swarms. I took a Benadryl shortly after getting stung today, but the swelling is still there and the itching is maddening. Even my ear is swollen like cauliflower ear, sucks ass. Not the way I wanted my day to go so I hope to pass out nice and hard, nice and early from my Benadryl and beer desert I am currently engaged in.
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