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.