First Artificial Swarm
Another first for Tinhead Honey. An artificial swarm and many thanks must go to to Chris Rawlings for the advice and the help in getting this done. This created a good hive for a decent honey crop this season and also the bee stock is excellent to create a good second hive to grow and produce for next year. To boot only got stung 3 times, the girls just showing their affection and all part of a hobby that is more fascinating than first thought. I then went to hive number one and looked at the record card from the day before and saw that I had seen queen cells in this one as well, off home to get another hive and do the next one on my own, ohhh scary.
I offered up the chance for my 6 year old son to come and help daddy make a fool of himself. He gladly accepted the invite and suited up, off we went.
We got there and opened up the hive to start to look for the queen, now this hive was picked up as a feral hive from last year so the queen isn’t marked nor do we know how old she is, the hunt for her majesty started frame one looked through and all the way through to frame 11 and guess what nothing but masses of queen cells and thousands of bees, so back through the frames again we went until the joyful moment when you spot her, long elongated body bigger than anything else and different very regal. The feeling when you find something you have never seen before in a hive is something almost indescribable, elation, relief, joy are just some of the emotions that you go through. The hard part done and the queen in her new home now it’s time to look for all the queen cells in the old hive and pick the best 2 and remove the rest, put the hives back together and write two new record cards hives 4 & 5 now up and running.
This a apiary has grown by two in one day and will probably grow by more in the coming weeks.