We have had a really great start to the swarm season here in the Wheeling area. There are no empty Dave’s Bees originated hives. The dead out was filled with a great swarm retrieved in a cardboard box and it is doing well. Then we got the swarm I’m holding
from my friends’ apiary when it swarmed out of their KTBH.
We put that in an empty bait hive since their apiary was growing faster than the hives and it absconded the next day. That was not a big problem as they had a bait hive up in the area and it had a colony move in. My friends frantically built another KTBH and the bait hive colony is sitting on top of the new KTBH and is scheduled to go in on Sunday June 11. Then the same friends got a second swarm in the yard and that got put in the only remaining KTBH from Dave’s Bees. But the story is not over; got another nice swarm in a bait hive that is going to a fledgling natural beekeeper with a brand spanking new KTBH on Monday June 12. Last but not least…we put our old rickety hive out as a bait hive and 4 days later we had new tenants.
This presents a new problem for us; finding room in the car to transport them to Maine.
Speaking for myself…that’s it for this swarm season!