Bees, Bees, and More Bees!

9 May


These are the new shelves I built in my barn addition. You can see my new bee equipment on the shelves, mostly in those boxes. Last week, I noticed about 50 bees working around those shelves. I don’t know what they found so attractive, all of my equipment is new so it doesn’t have that “old bee smell.” Anyway, I had 3 of the cardboard swarm traps just sitting there so I thought “What the heck,” I’ll just bait one up and see what happens. Well, Sweet Thing called me Monday and said “you need to come home, you have a million honey bees flying around in your barn!” I told her she was lucky enough to see an actual swarm coming to a trap.


I opened it up today after four days and this is what I saw. Lots and lots of bees! I transferred them over into a hive and I did smoke these bees although they really weren’t as aggressive as I thought they would be. They only really landed on me after I cut the comb loose and picked it up to put it into some empty frames. I didn’t get any pictures of that, it’s hard to work quickly and take pictures at the same time.


After I put the comb frames in the hive, I dumped the rest of the swarm into the hive. The stragglers started coming to the hive immediately so I felt good that the queen was inside.


I set the hive back on the shelf and the stragglers continued to come to the new hive.


These bees are sitting on the front of the hive with their butts in the air, just fanning their wings. I read this is a signal to the rest of the bees “hey come on in, the queen is here, this is now our new home!” I’ll leave it here for two days then I will move it out to the bee yard. If this works out, it will be a free hive of bees for me. Yeah! Keep prepping everyone!


5 Responses to “Bees, Bees, and More Bees!”

  1. Pioneer Preppy May 9, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Yep. If I was starting all over again I would just capture swarms and not worry about buying any bees. It’s best to move them at night after they are all inside the hive and then place a small branch with leaves on it in front of the entrance after moving them. That way the bees will know they have been moved in the morning and will re-orient to the new location before taking off to forage.

    • Leigh May 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      PP, I’m taking notes!

    • doublebhomestead May 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      I haven’t heard that limb trick but I’ll certainly try it.

  2. Leigh May 10, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Wow, what a gift! I can relate to picture taking. Being a new beek myself I’ve not yet managed the camera while tending to my bees. I can only hope for a similar event some day.

    • doublebhomestead May 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      I actually got Sweet Thing to help me with the cut out, but she was holding the frame while I was attaching the comb with the rubber bands so we were both too busy to take pictures. Maybe next time!

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