So I came home from work Tuesday around noon to find my hive had swarmed, and the bees were sitting in the Eucalyptus tree hanging between my yard and the neighbors yard. I immediately go into quasi-panic mode because I am not prepared for this. I run and grab my back up frames(totally unassembled) grab the brad nailer and some wood glue and snap them together as quick as I can. The only extra box I have is the Flow frame box which I was just about to put on this hive. Slide the 8 new frames into the Flow box and repurpose the 10 frame lid to fit over the 8 frame box.
With the lid off, I grab the ladder, and some pruning sheers, and have the presence of mind to put on the veil (otherwise wearing an undershirt and basketball shorts with flip flops (its in the 90’s here people)). I think “Swarms are pretty docile I don’t need to get my suit on…”
So I underestimate how heavy these bees are but all in all do okay not knocking off too many of them when I clip the branch they were on. However the awkwardness of being on the ladder using the clippers in one hand/armpit, and the swarm in the other, and then climbing down the ladder, I guess I was just a bit too rough with them and roused a few of the ladies interest.
So I only got stung 3 times (the one of the sole of my foot is probably the most painful, don’t bee keep in flip flops). They are still in the box I shook them into and I am picking up a new 10 frame box on Friday to transfer them into. But I had to chuckle at was an amateur hour moment it turned into. In the picture above you can see the swarm happen, and it was 12.6 lbs of “honey packed” bees, and I am really fortunate to have been able to recover them.