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Frazzled_Barbie

Loads of swarms today

Ian (my OH) is on his way back from beeing...he has been helping out the High Wycombe swarm officer this afternoon. He really has got this bee bug thing. There have been over 35 swarms reported today and things where getting a bit hectic. The last swarm they collected is what is called a prime swarm ( I think it means that there are a lot of the little buggers, I will find out more on his return), anyway he has been allowed to keep the swarm of bees so he is enroute in the car complete with 20,000 bees as company in the back seat....in a box I hasten to add. More sugar syrup to make up as the little bleeders will need feeding.

sod

Sounds great   for you all that loverly honey to come
Mo

Wonderful!
It must be interesting helping out with the Swarm Officer?
sandrar

A prime swarm is the first swarm from a hive with the old queen bee.

After that if you don't ensure all the new queen cells bar the one for the new queen aren't removed the hive will throw cast swarms - smaller swarms with the new queen bee - not ideal.

So far this year we have had one of our own hives swarm and have had another swarm from someone elses hive amazingly occupy our bait box. Also a couple of calls for collection.

You sound well and truly hooked.
Frazzled_Barbie

It started a few days ago - he contacted the swarm officer to find out where he was on the list...15th at the time. However she must have forgotton that he was a novice as yesterday she phoned and said reported swarm close to you, go and pick it up. Ian wasnt comfie doing it on his own and told her so but as it was close went to have a look and see and report back to her. It wasnt honey bees anyway. So that became his job, check the swarms and report in, freeing her time up to actually do the ones that needed doing first. The largest was right outside the doors of the council offices, the council had coned off a small area.... Apparantly people where shrieking all over the place.

And the afternoon progressed with them both attending and him doing it with her. I think he is going to try and do it 1 day a week to help out as he is more than aware that the lessons and practical sessions he has attended so far are given by people freely giving their time up etc and he wants to be able to contribute too. Also the one on one time with an experienced keeper is invaluable and he learnt so much in the afternoon. Not just about honey bees but bees in general. There is onlso much you can get from books.

He attended a course last week about making hand cream from bee products and wants to give that a go too. I think he has big plans...last night he said, well as we have 2 hives now might as well have 3! I went to the health food shop last week to get lemon grass oil for the bait boxes and they asked me what I needed it for as they assumed I would be mixing it with some oil for massages and wanted to let me know that it was concentrate etc....I informed them that it was to "catch bees". Spent a lovely 10 minutes telling them about bees and bait boxes etc.
sandrar

Sounds the perfect way to spend a day.
sod

I saw something on news somewhere about bees outside a town hall with a photo

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