Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Seven is Heaven
Someone in our city had a swarm in their back yard. Could we come?
Normally we would refer them to our Swarm Collector List but in this case it just so happened that the swarm was in our subdivision.
I called my sister.
"Dad and I are collecting a swarm on your street."
Dad was already there when I arrived, along with the home owner, and my sister. The owner stayed a ways back from the swarm. That's not unexpected. He was being cautious.
Dad and I opted to do the shake method since the limb was fairly substantial. This is where the light cardboard nuc comes in handy - it's easy to hold up to the limb.
After a couple good shakes there were lots of bees in the air so I took to using the brush instead and this actually worked better than shaking. I held the nuc lid under the limb and brushed the bees into it. They fell in large clumps. Then I tipped the lid and shook them into the nuc.
Mom had her plates of water with sticks again and I asked Dad who removed the rocks from the bird bath?
"I did," he said. "I thought some kid put them in there."
"Yes," I said, "Mom was the kid."
Once again Mom has a hive to observe. At least for a week or so until we move it to the bee yard.
We have seven hives now but we still haven't found a new location for our yard.