This was the swarm that we collected from our neighbourhood a week ago. We don't know where the original hive is located but I suspect it's close by.
Day Time Preparations:
- Empty the syrup from the hive top feeder into a jug.
- Put empty honey super with frames on hive (so that I won't have to do it at the yard at night--that's the aqua coloured box).
- Secure the hive parts for transport. My favourite tool is duct tape and yes I use a lot of it. A ratchet would be better, I agree. (Note: this hive is new with freshly drawn comb so it's pretty light to carry. Also we're only travelling 4 km to the yard).
Some good supplies to have on hand are a veil and helmet - bees can fly and sting at night, a flashlight so you can see
- Smoke bees into the hive if they are on the porch.
- Place screening into entrance and secure in place.
- I also cover the upper entrance.
- Carry hive to truck without dropping it.
- Place hive so frames are parallel with the vehicle with entrance facing to the road behind.
- Place hive on new hive stand.
- Remove screening.
- Fill up the hive top feeder.
- Place partial entrance reducer and greenery temporarily in front of entrance so in the morning it'll look different and the bees will orient to the new location before flying off.
- Slap the mosquitoes off.
- High 5 with Dad for a job well done and drive home.
- Return to yard for a check
- Remove duct tape from sides of hives if I didn't do it the night before.
- Take photos