It’s Swarm City here in Adelaide just now as well. 12 days ago I had no beehive with bees but many empty hives waiting and ready to go…
Today I own 2 overwintered 5 frame Nucs, 1 split (making new queens) and three Swarms! 6 Colonies in Total! in one day I got 4 of them… and had to turn down a swarm.
One of the swarms came from a beek who caught 20 swarms in 10 days! He offered me two but I didn’t have two nucs ready.
The other two swarms came from a beeks own hives- one is enormous: it was so big it wouldn’t fit into an 8 frame box. It started preparing to re-swarm- but we managed to tempt it to stay by putting a flow super straight onto it. The swarm easily filled both boxes with bees! After just a few days they had built a lot of comb and were bringing in lots of pollen and storing nectar. I will be very interested to see how they deal with the flow frames.
The next swarm is a smallish one- it fit nicely into a five frame nuc.
I am building and wax dipping more hives to prepare for more bees to come- I hope to have 10-15+ colonies by seasons end- and may even make some autumn splits to have even more next year. I now need an apiary management app! Yay!
Just today the weather turned for the better- the bees were out in force and veritable streams of pollen were going back into every hive. It looks as if this will be a record season in Adelaide after all this spring rain.