Category Archives: 2014 Swarms

April 26

Swarm #8 was picked up in Salinas. The swarm is small consisting of  three medium frames of bees and a very large queen. The swarm was put in a 5 frame medium nuc set in hive location W2.

While at the W yard I peeked into the two hives with queens that I raised  this year, both are laying very well with many frames of sealed brood. The brood should start emerging in 4 days. Both hives barely have enough bees to cover all the brood and the nights have been a little chilly with several cold fronts passing through. I hope I don’t lose any of the brood. The hive populations should start to explode in 4 days as the brood emerges so I will likely need to give them room in six days. The new queens seem to be laying so much better than the older queens that it is amazing. It is exciting to see queens that I raised doing so well.

Update: 5/22/14, Hive is queenless and was combined with W3

April 3

Swarm #5,

Swarm #5

Swarm #5

Boxing Swarm#5-2014

Collected at Calabasas Elementary School near Watsonville. The swarm was about 2.5 lbs. on a chain link fence. The Swarm was not too difficult to collect. I simply scrapped some of the bees into a cardboard  box by working one of the boxes flaps under the bees to get them started in. Get enough into the box so they fan and indicate to the others that the box is a good place to be then the rest will started to crawl into it on their own.  Bees are not hard to get to move into a box especially if you use a box that you have used before as they smell that bees have been there before. They will move in faster with some light brushing with a bee brush. Once they are in the box, tape it closed so the bees cannot get out and take it home. Don’t leave them in too long or they will over heat.

When you get them home, remove a few frames from the hive you are putting them into, open cardboard box and dump them in. I installed these into a hive at my High Ground Organic Farm yard at position #8 on Lewis Rd.

Hiving Swarm#5-2014

April 1

Swarm #4, Cought in a bait hive in Concord. They were trapped in the same location as Swarm #1. The hive has about 4 1/2 frames of bee a laying queen and sealed brood. That means that the swarm entered the bait hive within a couple of days of setting it. I moved the hive to my Home yard and setup a new bait hive.

March 25

Swarm #3, about 1 lb of bees from city of Seaside in the same spot as swarm #2. Installed in medium 5 frame nuc in home yard.


4/12/14, swarm had a virgin queen which is now mated and laying but the hive is very weak with only about 1.5 frames of bees.

4/30/14, I killed the queen in swarm #10 which only had about 1.5 frames of bees and added them to this hive.

5/3/14, The hive is queenless, The bees from swarm 10 must have killed the queen.

5/5/14, combined swarm #11 ( about 2 frames of bees) with this hive.

5/8/14, Could find no queen. Moved this hive to HS 2 and combined with a nuc of home raised queen.