That morning before everyone arrived the three of them went out to the bee yard and checked the frames. They came in with about 10 frames to harvest.
Then they found a small swarm on the ground. We don’t know if it is from our hives or not. Our hives have lots of room to grow but you never know.
They quickly got a deep ready and put it near the swarm…
…and into the deep the bees marched.
We’ve had a little trouble with a feral bee hive that Gabriel rescued. He requeened it with an Italian queen to begin domesticating the hive. The workers didn’t accept the new queen and began making their own queen. So Gabriel basically took the “Italian” hive and gave it to the swarm hive. He had to destroy the feral bees but he left their brood comb. At least that’s what I think happened. It was all so quick and I was cooking dinner. But it was exciting and the swarm hive seems to be doing really well.
As most of you know, we don’t really know what we’re doing with bees we’ve only been keeping them since this spring. Even Gabriel as knowledgable as he’s becoming it’s mostly head knowledge not experience. But if you have questions a great place to visit is Beverly’s Bees. They are super knowledgeable and super sweet. I’ve left comments with random questions before and Anita is always so kind to respond to them.
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