Ok So we put our Nuc in our Flow box last October, and the bee have been going great, we did a harvest in the beginning of August and took out abut 4.5 kg of honey and we were over the moon. And we had a plan to do a split in October to prevent swarming, but it seems nature had other ideas.
On the 28th of August my wife called me at work to tell me the air in my neighbors yard was thick with bees. I came home opened the window on my hive and my fist swarm was confirmed. The window that was previously full of bees only had 5 lonely bees walking around.
It was kind of bitter sweet like watching your kids start grade 1.
Then a couple of days later we found a small swarm in a tree in my neighbours yard “I thought yay my bees came back” So I went and caught the swarm in a cardboard box and put the box in my back yard and the bees are still in there.
But then a strange thing happened, a couple of days later another swarm landed in my neighbours tree about 20 feet off the ground. but this swarm was huge about three time larger than the swarm I caught the first time. this one was too high to catch. and the next day these bees flew away.
And today a swarm appeared in my neighbours trees much lower and this one was about half the size of the 2nd swarm, So I just caught this swarm in another cardboard box.
So the final score is a flow hive with almost no bees and two cardboard boxes full of bees. I am going to buy and paint two new brood boxes for the new bees on the weekend but in the mean time they look pretty happy in the boxes?
So what is going on here? I have ever seen a swarm in my life and now I have see 2 or maybe 3? Are these all my bees? has my hive swarmed 2 or three times in the space of 2 weeks? Or is my hive attracting other peoples swarms? Before I put in my flow hive, I never saw bees in my yard so I assume no one else around me has bees, but I live across from Toohey Forest so maybe there are bees living in the forest that may have swarmed?
My original bees have become really mean? is this because they don’t have a queen?