Unexpected visitors

Monday morning, a little after bringing home a boxful of chirping chicks, while Jules was in the house he noticed there were a bunch of “insects” flying around the front yard. After further inspection by it was bees.  Lots of bees! They were swarming in our front yard!   Jules a longtime beekeeper, kept bees back in the late ’80s here on the urban homestead and we did had to deal with one or two swarms from our hives, but this was the first time this has happened.

What an amazing sight. There were thousands of bees swarming on one of our fig trees. Justin spotted this ever growing column of buzzing bees hanging from one of the branches — they were sooo easy to reach. Could it be …. free bees?

Justin & Jordanne built a top bar hive in a hurry!

Boy, did this amazing sight and easy to get at swarm send everyone buzzing about. Once the word was spread, everyone got busy scrambling every which way – saying need box, veil, drill, etc. In no time flat Justin & Jordanne whipped up a top bar hive with some of the scraps we had lying around.  

Catching a swarm

By the time they had finished building the hive, the bees had calmed down and Justin cut the branch and with the help of Jordanne gently laid the swarm cluster in the box.

With all the talk of bees disappearing – what a godsend! Now, of course, not sure if they’ll like their new home or stay long. But we certainly enjoyed trying. We shall see what happens.

Of course, I will have to say that you have to come to your own conclusions if we kept them or not.. 😉

P.S. I do have video footage of this swarm capture; sadly, you’ll have to wait to even see this exciting capture and marathon building of a top bar hive. This, with other such video shorts of dancing goats and much, much more will have to wait for your viewing pleasure. I really don’t know how we can possibly juggle all that we want to do… there’s not enough time in the day to do everything.

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  1. tableau vivante says:

    Oh that’s absolutely brilliant. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation and this is something you guys are well prepared for…hello, bees! Welcome home!

    Hope they stay. Good luck with your latest new residents.

  2. MrsBurns says:

    What a blessing! The gentlemen who keep bees near our berries gave me four phone numbers so I can reach either of them at home or on cell in case I see a swarm. They are down more than 50% of their total hives just since the fall. Scary and puzzling. So glad your homestead will be pollinated this spring. I’m sure they’ll find PTF a lovely spot in which to stay.

  3. kristine says:

    we are hoping to find a swarm this year…we had one last year and gave it to the local beekeeper with the promise to be able to buy an entire hive (all the brooders, supers, etc) this spring for an incredibly low price. unfortunately, he lost 14 of 25 hives last winter and he is now in search of more hives himself.

    i hope they stick around for you! a great site for all kinds of bee info (although you probably don’t need it) is

  4. mama Squirrel says:

    Where are the commercial bees disappearing to? Well, it looks like they were running from the factory farms and heading out to the Path To Freedom. Looks like even mother nature herself wants to get away from GM crops and factory farms and go organic.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow, how exciting! I hope they stay too-so many benefits for PTF homestead. Like many, I too have had the disappointment of not being able to find bees for my very first hive.

    Good luck with your new helpers!

  6. Nancy Kelly says:

    That is so amazing!!! It really is kind of a “build it and they will come” thing, isn’t it, you build an pesticide-free environment with such a beautiful variety of blossoms, they’d be crazy not to come! Maybe this is how all the bees are disappearing – they get upset at being carried here and there to pollinate all these sprayed (no doubt) orchards and they find a beautiful organic yard like yours or mine and they say to their old beekeeper ‘we’re out of here’ !!

    This really makes my day,

    Keep doing what you do!

  7. David says:

    Looks like I’ll not be pestering you w/ ads from LA Craigslist about the free bee’s I’ve been seeing. They decided to make a personal delivery to your doorstep. I’m sure they’ll stay & even bless you all w/ honey. BTW Kristine, thanks for the BeeCare link :).

  8. Bobbi Chukran says:

    Wonderful! The bees aren’t all disappearing, they are just relocating to organic gardens! 🙂

    bobbi c.

  9. Mike says:

    Hi, I’d love to read an update on the bees! Did they stay? Are they adapting well? Thanks!