Swarm #27: A 4 Frame Swarm in two balls collected at Salinas Rodeo Grounds. I hived the swarms in a single deep 5 frame nuc box and placed it in location W10. Feeding them 1 quart of sugar syrup on June 27th.
Swarm #26: A nice 6 frame swarm in my home yard. The swarm did not come from one of my home yard hives. It is interesting how this is the second swarm this year to arrive in my home yard but did not issue from one of my home yard hives. I installed the swarm in an 8 frame deep super with foundation, set the hive in location HS16 and feed them 1/2 Gallon of sugar syrup on the 25th.
Swarm #23: Very small swarm of unconfirmed size in Harkins Slough bait hive moved to W6 location.
Swarm #22: A large 5 to 6 frame swarm from H6 in the home yard. This hive had several queen cells on the June 1 inspection but there we so few I thought they might be supersedure cells and took a risk leaving them. Well they were obviously swarm cells and here is the swarm. I hived it on foundation in an 8 frame deep and set it in LR9 position. I will probably replace this queen if I can raise enough new queens latter this summer. When I looked into H6 the process of inspection destroyed three queen cells and there are two left so hopefully there will not be a second cast swarm from the hive latter this week.
Swarm #21: A three frame swarm in my home yard. Likely from the same hive that had the Salinas swarm from 2 months ago. It swarmed on June 1 and this is likely a second cast. I hived it on foundation in a deep 5 frame nuc and feed it 1/2 gallon of sugar syrup in my T2 position. It is interesting how weaker hives with old queens often swarm as this hive seems to be. I now have three weak hives with questionable queens instead of just one. That is three more queens that I will need to raise.
Swarm #20: A 3 1/2 Frame Swarm from H2 in my home yard. Hive H2 is swarm #3 that I collected from Salinas on March 30th. Over the past two months it had expanded to a deep and medium brood chamber before swarming. It really was not crowded so the queen must be getting old. I set swarm #20 in position T8.
Swarm #19: a four frame swarm from Los Lomas hived on foundation in T5 position and feed 1/2 gallon of syrup.
Swarm #18: A very nice 7 frame swarm in my home yard but not from my hives hived in an 8 frame deep in location HS12. It is interesting how bee hives tend to attract swarms. I have had two this year, one in the Harkins Slough yard and one in my home yard and in both cases the swarm did not originate from the yard they were found in.
I added Queen cells to the three mating nucs set up on the trailer, two mating nuc at Harkins Slough queen yard and in the incubator hive at Harkins Slough.
Two of the hives I re-queeened with VSH queens from my last queen batch were rejected. In both cases it was because there were virgin queens in the hives that I was unaware of.
Swarm #15: Small 2 1/2 Frame Swarm in a Pleasant Hill Bait hive.
Swarm #16: A three Frame Swarm picked up in Watsonville hived in position T9 in a deep 5 frame nuc.
I moved two occupied bait hives from Pleasant Hill and one occupied bait hive from Concord setting them up in five frame nucs on my trailer. I de-queen them in preparations for queen cells to be added tomorrow.