To Catch a Swarm (Part 2)

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This swarm was gigantic. A swarm of bees (especially one this size) might look intimidating, but bees in this state are actually super calm. For one, their little bellies are full of honey in preparation for house hunting and they have no hive or brood to protect.

Laura rushed me home to grab a spare hive while Tyler found a ladder and a limb cutter tool thingy. Within twenty minutes we’d set up a sunny spot for their new home, positioned the ladder below the bees and with a tug, snip, and plop, the enormous swarm (the swarmous) was resting in a plastic tub. 

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Now, this next part gets real technical. I took the branch full of bees, shook it into the open hive, and closed the lid. When you’re transferring a swarm, it’s important to get the queen into the new hive. She’s somewhere right in the middle of that mass, so use your best judgment. 

I think the bees will be quite pleased with their new pad, which just happens to be on a small urban farm in Cottage Home. Bees, you lucky dogs. 

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Looking for Part 1? Here it is.