Monday May 21 we returned to find a note on our door from a neighbor that said, "May 19th- Your bees have left their hive and are in our tree. You can come and capture them and their queen if you'd like" I put on my suit and went out in the light rain (it had been raining for a few days) and attempted to capture the swarm, now in 3 distinct bunches, hanging in the tree. They were not as high as the previous swarms so it was not as hard to get them into the diaper bucket on pole contraption. I got the first bunch and put it in the Nuc box. The 2 remaining bunches were placed in the 2nd Nuc box and they managed to all walk across to the one with the queen in it.[caption id="attachment_809" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 2 nucs1 queen[/caption] As it stands now I have felt that I am a upstanding member of the "Bad Beekeepers Club" The hives at the community garden are doing well but that could change at any moment. I guess that my first year beekeeping was a lot of luck and this year is payback and more like real beekeeping. At home there are now 2 hives that are queenless due to the fact it wont stop raining so more than likely the virgin queens had no chance to get out and mate before they got to old to be viable. I have taken some frames of brood/eggs from the 2 hives at the garden and added then to the 2 hives in the hopes that they will create a queen cell and if the weather cooperates a queen. I am feeling a bit discouraged but am hopefull the bees will know what to do. [caption id="attachment_813" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Queenless?[/caption]
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