I was wondering whether the split in my colony on Saturday would definitely lessen the urge to swarm and it seems from Lynne’s post it may not! Don’t know what to suggest Lynne- how frustrating. Perhaps the popcorn might be best.
I just noticed several bees showing great interest in one of my bait hives. I don’t think they are from one of my colonies but there are other beekeepers in the village. I would of course be very happy to “catch me a swarm” but then what? Do I leave it in situ or move it immediately to a hive? Would I have to move it further away (ie 3 miles ish) before bringing it back to my apiary? Does it need to be quarantined somewhere away from my bees? All really basic questions but confronted with the reality I find I am not sure what to do and would be very grateful for any suggestions.