Second colony (we hope)

An hour ago we were brought a swarm by Dave Hazel, a bee friendly pestaker, who had managed them very sympathetically and we thank him so much for that. We encouraged the bees from the branch they were on into a warre hive and let them get on with it. We were able to observe the bees from the hot, but well situated, observation hide. At first the swarm all seemed to come out of the hive and position themselves on the front, as flying bees circled. After a few minutes they appeared to start to return to the hive and there were only a few stragglers left outside along with flying bees. I have no idea if they will stay,or how they will interact with our first colony, but it will be so exciting to find out. I have left the apiary now, but Harry and I will be going to Curbridge this evening, where he has put a bait hive to try to encourage a colony out of a chimney brest area. I haven’t seen it before and so I have no idea what I am letting myself in for. I may well have to temper Harry’s infectious natural enthusiasm witha touch of realism, but lets hope for the best!


About melvin56

passionate about bees, permaculture and biodiversity.....and plymouth Argyle F.C.
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