Our Swarm Box (part 3)

Our Swarm Box saga, parts 1 & 2 is finally coming to its finale.

Swarm Box on Top-Bar Hive

Swarm Box on Top-Bar Hive

It has sat on our Top Bar Hive for 2 days and after much advice seeking and deliberation, we felt today would be just right to put the bees (that came to our front yard) where they will bee comfortable (pardon the pun).

Time for their big move …

Roof came off the Swarm Box

Roof came off the Swarm Box

1 of 5 large combs built in a week!

1 of 5 large combs built in a week!

No frames! They did their own thing.

No frames! They did their own thing.

The Box and Hive were of the same dimensions so each bar would sit comfortably from Box to Hive, in the same sequence. When 14 bars with their combs were transferred to the Hive, the poor bees were in a bit of a frenzy but fortunately not furious and only for about 15 minutes. So we sprayed some water to persuade them to calm down and head ‘indoors’.

"Mist" squirt

“Mist” squirt

We tried spotting the Queen but did not want to stretch the move unnecessarily long. Finally we left them be, allowing some to find their own way to the entrance of their new abode.

90% of the population in the new Hive

90% of the population in the new Hive

3 hours later

3 hours later

They seem to have adjusted well. It’s drizzling right now so I hope they are comfortably tucked up in their new home with rooms and furniture which they built and are accustomed to.

 

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2 responses to “Our Swarm Box (part 3)

  1. Sjoe! Hulle is harde werkers. Ek hoop hulle gaan gelukkig wees.

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  2. Wow…what a feat ! You’re doing great with those wonderful bees.

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