and now for the rest of the story.....
No pictures today. I told Papa Bear to stay far away while I handled todays situation. He got enough stings taking pictures yesterday.
I planned on putting a frame of eggs into the brood box today as Pioneer Preppy at the Stronghold suggested.
I milked the goats this morning. The little spoiled things were out of Alfalfa pellets so I needed to go to Tractor Supply. I decided to run my errands and then deal with the bees.
I got back home and Papa Bear and I were standing outside at my Mom's who is next door when a swarm of Bee's started clouding the air. Almost at the same time as yesterdays swarm. Papa Bear jumped in the golf cart to chase them and I ran to the Apiary to see if they were ours.
I got to the Apiary and opened the hive we had put the swarm in from yesterday and the little witches were gone! On second thought I opened the top from the swarm we installed on the second of April and they were gone as well....CRAP!
The only thing different I did with the week old swarm is yesterday I took a feeder from the top and put anew feeder I had ordered on the front. I didn't like it when I put it on as it has a space on each side that robber bees can get to. I don't know if this is what caused them to leave or not. When I checked them yesterday they had drawn out part of a frame but I did not take the time to see if the queen was laying. I assume not as I did not think they would leave eggs.
I walked back toward the house and saw the empty golf cart sitting by the fence. Papa Bear had jumped the fence and was following the bees. He called me and told me to suit up he was coming after me and the equipment.
This time the swarm was over a thousand feet from the hive and was up in a tree far enough that I needed a small ladder. I sent Papa Bear back for an empty brood box as I saw after the first attempt in shaking into a bucket, this was going to take a while.
I must have got the queen on the second try of getting them in my bucket. When I shook that bunch into the hive, the others slowly started gathering on the outside of the brood box. I had the opening blocked and when I opened it a little they started going in.
I put a bungee cord around the brood box and it and myself rode on the tailgate of the truck back to the Apiary. I opened up my established hive and stole another frame of eggs and put it in at once with this swarm.
Papa Bear came in from taking hay to the spoiled goats and told me to go look at one of my swarm traps. It had bees all over it and they were going in. This is either one of my swarms I lost today or another. Doesn't matter to me. I am back up to what I had yesterday. We got those tonight and I put them in a medium super. I want to do an experiment to see if I like it better than the brood boxes.
I saw a couple of frames of brood in the bottom super of the established hive so as soon as I milk in the morning I will take those frames out and give them to the swarm. Maybe this time they will stay.
I will be camping out at the Apiary tomorrow around 1:00 PM....just in case!