Thursday, August 20, 2009

Free Bees

Swarm of Bees
We have had honey bees here for the past 4 years and have had them swarm once in a while. Last week we had something new happen. A swarm came to us (not from our bees) and landed in our grape arbor. We are not sure if someone near by has bees that swarmed (we don't know of anyone within a mile that has bees) or if we had some swarm last year that we missed and they found a honey tree in the woods and have come back this year. Either way, it's free bees and we're excited.

These two photos show getting the swarm into a new hive; as long as the queen goes in the rest will follow.
Puttin the swarm into a new hive

Free Bees!