« Last post by Groundhawg on March 22, 2017, 10:13:17 PM »
They were gone almost before I sent the message. While I am quite new to keeping bees my Dad and Uncle had them for years. I have never seen a swarm pitch so close to the hive and leave so quickly. I was only about 90 minutes from the time we saw them leaving the hive until they were gone. Had swarms leave the hive and never be seen again but the times Dad and Uncle Burss have a swam stay in the yard they often stayed for hours or even overnight. Gave us some time to try and get them back.
Well I learned a lot and while you can not always keep a hive from swarming there were several things I will do different next time. Also I now have a chance to try several things to help the remaining bees and/or start a new nuc or hive. Plan to get in the hive and check the queen cells; how many, where, and see how I can help them. If I can find several and some on more than one frame would like to pull at least on frame and place in a nuc with some frames and bees from another hive.