Sunday, May 22, 2011

Honey Bee Swarm Caught

Homer caught a swarm yesterday 2011 May 21 from an asparagus patch. It was about half the size of a basketball. I gave them a frame of brood (mostly open) from another hive. The frame had a few queen cups.
Thinking I might feed them to help them get started.
Later in the day I checked the four older hives. Two had enough bees to add a third deep. Two were doing well, but still had enough empty space I figured I'd leave them with just 2 deeps for a few more weeks.
Also figure I should've given the swarm a frame of capped brood so they wouldn't need to feed them and they'd have a lot of nurse bees soon... maybe next time.

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