Last week my favorite hive swarmed, which means they felt crowded so the queen left, taking a small army with her, while others stayed behind to hatch a new queen and continue about their business.
I was heartbroken. I couldn't believe that when I had done everything right, this would happen. After all, the book said bees swarm in early spring!
Well, I rushed out to buy a new hive and a bucket on a long pole in order to catch them, but they were gone when I got home.
I added that new hive body to another of my hives who needed more room.
But it was too late.
That hive swarmed four days ago.
They've been up in the oak tree. We rushed out (again) to buy ANOTHER hive and some bee lure, and set everything up under where they're swarming, hoping they'll simply move into the fresh new hive.
Here is a photo journal of Big Dan's advertising campaign to convince the bees to move from the oak limb into the new hive.
I expect them to make a decision soon!