Oh no! My bees swarmed today! Story:
My bees have been going well, it is a first year hive and this is their first Spring. I had inspected them two weeks ago but was not able to check them recently due to bad weather. I did not see any queen cells but it seems I had missed one.
I decided to check on them after heavy rain and to my surprise they had swarmed 10 metres from the first hive! A huge sickening feeling swept over me as I felt I have failed as a Keeper! I rung my mentor and told him what had happened. He told me that it was going to be okay, and asked if I had a broodbox or nuc to put them in.
I had gotten a hive earlier this year from a friend that had not been made up so I quickly started to make and paint it! I collected them, and it was hard in 30 degree weather, and put them in an plactic drum with a screw able lid that I drilled a hole in the top for them to get in/ out.
While waiting for the paint to dry I saw how most of them were collecting outside, I was worried they would fly off again and yep, they did!
This time in a terrible spot. On a bush, on a small hill, riiiiight above a huge ants nest! I knew I had some time to finish the hive which I did, sat the hive on a chair away from the ants and shook them in. This time they have 8 frames of wax to go crazy. As I am typing this now I did this around 20 minutes ago. But my mentor is unreachable right now so I have some questions:
-Should I move them once it gets dark?
-How far from the first hive?
-What should I do tomorrow morning to aide them?
-Anything else I should know?
I really hope they don’t swarm again, lucky I live on a big property. My mentor told me to leave my first Hive as it may have a Virgin Queen.
Below is a photo of them at this time, they are all inside and fanning. You can see the ants below. I left the lid aswek as I’ve heard it would make it easier for them to find the hive. For reference it is 4:00pm!