Hi guys, I was planning on doing a split with my hive so I bought a second one in readiness. I have since read that a split shouldn’t be done to a hive in its first year so I had to re-think the plan. I have put my Flow super on instead and the bees are busy inspecting it.
I heard of a swarm that had set up home in a Lavender Bush and had made comb with brood and honey stores. The owners of the property wanted it gone so I decided to have a go at my first cut-out seeing as I had a hive to fill.
I set off out with my suit, smoker and frames made up with rubber bands to get me a free hive. I don’t have photos of the process as it was all a bit rushed and messy but I managed to get 2 frames of broken brood banded into my frames and into my box. I filled up the rest of the box with wax foundation frames.
The bees were all over the Lavender Bush and starting to go deep so I took a plastic storage box, placed it under the bees and shook the branches hard so the bees fell into it. I then poured them into my brood box along with quite a bit of Lavender. I did this a couple of times and probably had 80% of the bees. I didn’t see the Queen but hopefully have her.
I cleaned up and left my hive there until dark when I went back and retrieved it in the back of my ute, all foragers returned.
That was yesterday. Today I have taken out most of the Lavender, transferred a frame of emerging brood from my existing hive and put some sugar syrup at the entrance. Hopefully all will be well, I’ll just have to wait and see. It’s been an exciting couple of days for a newbie.
Just thought I’d share this experience with you.