This week I spent most evenings after work at the farm. Between mowing, fixing the mower, and painting bottom boards, I have been moving bees. I had been setting up the captured swarms around the farm house area, and it had been getting a bit congested. Not the mention, the neighbor who helps with some mowing really doesn't like mowing that close to the hives!
I had 14 hives around the house including 1 on the old tree stump by the house, 3 on the picnic table, a swarm trap that now has a swarm in it also on the picnic table, 4 on a long stand against the old car shed, one on a bee log, 2 stacked upon each other, a mating nuc behind the car shed, and 1 on log by the machine shed entrance....that's a lot of bees. Not all were 2013 swarms, as some were nucs from last fall and a couple of splits.
This week I mowed around the primary bee yard and decided to set these hives on the south side of the yard facing the others. I also plan to add a few to the east edge of the yard to make a horseshoe shape. Our neighbor at the farm, Matt Figgins, suited up Thursday night to help with the move...I think he had an interesting experience and a good time!
Sunday, June 2, 2013
This afternoon, while painting bottom boards and working around the machine shed at the farm, I received a message from Dawn to call Ken Wolf regarding yet another swarm. Ken reported that another hive had swarmed (about 1 1/2 gallon size) and went up into an apple tree. I quickly found a stopping point on my painting, called for the boys (Aaron, Elijah, and Arpon) to wrap up their fishing and boating on the pond, and headed over to Ken's farmstead. I was a good size swarm, but the backhoe wasn't an option this time. I carefully placed the medium ladder up into the apple tree, balanced the bee vac on a board sticking out of a step ladder, and ventured up to capture the swarm. Everything worked well, and within a few minutes I had a box of bees ready to be hived at the farm. Now, to get more bottom boards finished!!!