I went into this season with 3 hives and now I have six! This week I have caught 3 swarms, one of them twice! I have now put a piece of a queen excluder over the entrance as Pioneer Preppy suggested. I love this idea to keep them from swarming again but then again I am concerned if it is a virgin queen she will not be able to mate. Oh the worries.
I knew I had the queen when the ones remaining outside were doing the bee butt dance and started heading in.
It is definitely swarm season in NW Florida! I only have one more empty brood box. I have to get busy and build more or take down my traps. I do have two five frame nucs should I catch a small swarm.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Three more of my traps are showing a little activity at them. Maybe I can make them stay this year. The two swarms I caught last year absconded in a day or two and my splits just never worked but I learn something new each time.