Tuesday, April 17, 2012
a couple more swarms
the top picture is actually the smaller of the two - the bottom one was a nice fattie that dropped easily into the nuc hive. these are text book swarms, which make hiving up real easy.
first you squirt them up with sugar water - this gets thier attention directed to cleaning themsleves up and being wet - there are fewer flyers to contend with. place the hive directly under the branch, a quick shake and usually the swarm drops right into the box.
i gathered a third swarm late sunday - yes, they were from my hives also and my neighbor called to report the wayward girls partying on our common fence. they were hived up too - but i failed to get a picture of that one.
i am about done for swarms in 2012.