Sunday, September 16, 2007

Small Swarm Capture

When we had the observation hive at Heritage Days in Romney the bees got overheated. The next day at home they left the hive and swarmed to a small pine tree nearby. This video shows us putting the small swarm in a super box. We wanted to give them lots of room to settle into. We'll be taking the observation hive to the Appalachian Festival in Frostburg so we'll just take two frames out of the super for that. Capturing the swarm is easy as you'll see on the video. The queen was just starting to lay eggs when they swarmed so they must have gotten so hot at Heritage Days that they must have felt they had to abandon the observation hive to save themselves.