We love our hives and as relatively new (accidental) beekeepers, we’ve read much about those precious bees and how they swarm, especially in Spring, when Queens and Drones do what Ma Nature programmed them to do.
As an experiment we built a Swarm Box with spare wood and laced it with lemongrass oil. We’ve seen some busy buzzing bees in our front yard the last few days and kept close watch. Suddenly today we see this “beard” configuration of bees busy setting up home!
In case any veteran beekeepers are reading this, we seek advice:
When the Queen is ready & workers begin pollen hunting, what’s the best way to move them from a Top-Bar Swarm Box to a Top-Bar Hive. Is it better to have the Hive just below the Box (which is on a tree) and lower it perhaps 6″ everyday to end up sitting on the hive and then move the Bars with combs into the hive?
Or should we just move the Bars into the Hive early evening when they are inactive?
Gosh, I love those little bees … seeing them buzzing around simply makes me happy.