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hughesy

Swarms

We got a call from some friends of ours on friday night telling us there was a swarm of bees on their garage wall. We got over there as it was getting dark and chucking it down with rain and managed to get them into a box. Tipped them into a spare hive in the back yard and they're still there so fingers crossed we've got a new colony!
Yorkshire Geordie

You've been a busy bee, haven't you Hughesy?  

Let's hope they Bee-Hive themselves, eh  
Well done.
Martyn
Lorrainelovesplants

Ive just been and collected my nuc of black bees from Matt at Praze-bee.

I had to drive 45 miles in my suit as I discovered i had a few friends loose in the car.
hughesy

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Ive just been and collected my nuc of black bees from Matt at Praze-bee.

I had to drive 45 miles in my suit as I discovered i had a few friends loose in the car.

Hehe I would have loved to have seen that. I got stung four times collocting the swarm due to going out in a hurry wearing trainers and not putting my gloves on. Luckily I don't react badly to bee stings.
Lorrainelovesplants

I did get one or two strange looks as I drove up the A30.....

well, set the nuc box on a stand and let them out and exited stage left very quickly.  It was blustery when I got back yesterday, so will stand and watch them today...
I have the new hive ready to be moved into place - ready for when its nice and calm and warm to do the swop.
Lorrainelovesplants

Ive had my friend from down the road tell me very excitedly that we have got a swarm in our bait hive in his orchard.
They arrived yesterday afternoon with much noise and crawled all over the hive before making home there.
How long would you leave them before moving to their permanent site?
hughesy

I think if they're not a nuisance where they are I'd leave them there until they're settled in and the queen is laying. Having said that we put ours in the back yard because we were in a hurry and they were a pain flying about so had to move them after a couple of days.
darkbrowneggs

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Ive had my friend from down the road tell me very excitedly that we have got a swarm in our bait hive in his orchard.
They arrived yesterday afternoon with much noise and crawled all over the hive before making home there.
How long would you leave them before moving to their permanent site?


Well done you - how exciting - free bees  
rhino

So it does work    well done.
Lorrainelovesplants

The hassle is - they are only a mile and a half away, so Im going to try and move them and put a branch in front of the entrance to force them to reset their navigation.  If she has brood then this will hopefully work.  Will go down later today and have a look in the box, I think.
hughesy

You might have a problem moving them only a mile and a half once they've established themselves in their current spot. I would move them straight away. Wait till it gets dark, secure the hive and move it to it's new location. The make sure the entrance is as small as poss for a while to limit their comings and goings. Also stick some syrup in there for them or a couple of frames of stores if you've got them.
sandrar

We have bees in the bait box and are certain they aren't a swarm from our hive  

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