I capture a huge scary swarm of bees and put them into a new hive surrounded by them!

Our new colony began swarming whilst I was cutting the grass. A huge swarm collects at the top of a nearby tree and I capture it by cutting off the branch that they were settling on. We then re-hive the colony in a new hive and watch to see if the bees enter. The bees begin fanning at the entrance, a good sign that the queen is there. Over the next 30 minutes the swarm inhabit the hive. The queen bee has deserted the old hive with 1/2 of the colony and we want to set up a new hive.


Anaiis Salles says:

Having extra equipment (nucs & swarm lures) on hand and checking colonies helps. In Philadelphia, PA we begin to prepare for swarming when dandelions are blooming as a good rule of thumb. I performed an artificial split beginning of April, 2012 and now have four colonies. About to divide them again before preparing to overwinter. There are plenty of extra honey stores to share amongst them all. Took my first honey this year, secondary to having healthy, happy colonies. Great video!

TheRealDealinlife says:

I have never seen them in that lind of tree before!

starshock01 says:

lol this is why i keep my hive in a tree…sorta where it belongs

robomantis says:

You’re talking about nucs right? What happens if you don’t want multiple hives? Do you just sell the nuc after its started?

s1urpster says:

robomantis – If you get some bees, you can prevent them from swarming by inspecting them regularly and carying outthe ‘artificial swarm’ proedure. This is explained in good bee keeping books, such as, ‘Bees at the bottom of the garden’, by Alan Campion. This requires having another empty hive though.

When bees are swarming they tend not to be aggressive and are easy to capture.

robomantis says:

I want to keep bees and the fear of swarms scaring the neighbors is stopping me. What could i do?

sirgas321 says:

when chasing swarm create huge noice and swarm wil stop and get dows to a groud 😉

Garry G Younker says:

Nicely done folks – GOOD JOB

workingfolk says:

Bees will swarm because it is their natural inclination to reproduce by creating new colonies. There are various methods of preventing swarming, the easiest being adding more frames for the queen to lay brood in.

Near the end of the video, at about 7:45, it looks like foragers are already bringing pollen into the new hive. I guess the swarm stayed?

Thanks for posting.

davidnordin says:

One thing to keep in mind when you get a swarm is that there usually was a reason for swarming to begin with.
The old queen might be weak etc.
Other than that it might be a variety more prone to swarming (carnica etc).

However, now you got two hives 🙂

Tickets825 says:

Interresting video

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