While perusing the internet, reading about others bees that are swarming in the area, I wondered why ours were happily content, going about their “beesness.” What was up, I wondered….
So, I approached our 30 year resident beekeeper (while he was working in the garden) and asked, “So, tell me, while other people’s bees are swarming in the area, why ours haven’t”
It went something like this….
He replied, “It’s all about timing and knowing when to expand the brood, anticipating the spring honey flow and when the bees need to expand their colony.” “Sweet!” I replied, and went on to say, “So, you are telling me that you were right on the mark, deciding to go and expand the hive last month and, by doing this, it basically suppressed their urge to swarm.” “That’s right,” he exclaimed and then went on to say, “Beekeeping is not like keeping a dog or chicken – bees are insects and constantly increasing in size so you need to know that aspect of hive life before you start down the beekeeping path.”
Well, I got my answer! Now just a matter of time before we raid the hive… of course, will share photos of the experience when the time comes.