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April in north Georgia means swarming season. I tried for about three years before I finally caught my first swarm last year. I put one of my nuc boxes up in a Bradford pear tree about 7 feet off the ground and put some lemongrass oil on it in mid-March. I caught a swarm in it about a month later. But I failed many times before.
In this post, I wanted to pass along what has worked for me and what has not so far.
What exactly is Bee Bearding? Is it: A. When a bee collects pollen under its chin resembling a human beard? B. When bees gather outside the hive entrance in a shape resembling a beard? C. Bees who are exceptionally fuzzy? D. Hipsters who keep tiny beehives in their beards? If you answered B then you’re […]Read more »
This year, our hive is doing wonderfully! The bees are incredible active and the brood and honey are quickly filling up all the hive space we can give them. A couple weeks ago we checked the bees. At the time our hive only consisted of two large brood boxes. These boxes are meant for the […]Read more »
If you like the idea of getting bees for free then you’ll want to check out setting up bait hives. Bait hives are just that – a bait or type of lure designed to attract a swarm of honey bees that are looking for a new home. Prior to the actual swarm casting from a […]Read more »
Although honeybees can swarm from the hive at anytime, they tend to swarm most during spring. Sometimes honeybees swarm when they believe they have outgrown their hive. However, other times there is nothing that you can do to prevent swarming from happening. The bees simply have an instinctual desire to create another colony. Here are some tips […]Read more »
Capturing swarms is a very exciting way to get more bees for your apiary and it’s much easier than you may have realized. The reason that it is generally easy is because when bees are swarming and have clustered themselves on a low branch in a tree or bush, they only have one thing on […]Read more »
Swarm Season Back when my wife and I first started keeping bees, everything was fine and dandy until swarm season came along. Since we were only keeping bees for two years, our experience with swarms was not much at all. During the first year of keeping bees, we only had two hives and never noticed if they had […]Read more »
Seeing honey bees swarming affects people differently. Beeks start thinking about how to capture the swarm and non-beeks, well, they don’t. If you don’t have bees then this is for you and if you do have bees you may want to share this with your non-beek friends. I was tagged in a post this morning on Facebook by […]Read more »