As a beginning beekeeper, I’ve learned through trial and error how to handle and wrangle my bees.
They’ve gotten the jump on me again this year and swarmed, so I made sure to shoot a quick little video to show you what to do if your own hive of bees happens to swarm. Lucky for me, the bees decided to cluster off of a low branch in my own yard. I managed to re-home the bees by myself (and if I can do it, you certainly can, too). I’ve had much more difficult swarm retrievals in the past: think precarious ladder in the back of a pickup truck.
57 degrees, sunny with 6 mph winds and gusts of 13 mph. The moon was four days away from full, so that busts my consistent record of swarms happening on or one day before the full moon.
- Bee Jacket
- Empty 10 Frame Medium
- 8 Frames: 4 drawn, 4 empty
- Bottom Board
- Hive stand
- Inner Cover
- White sheet
- Cell Phone (Charged & Within Reach)
- Camera (to make a bumbling video)
I also had on hand, just in case, my plastic queen catcher, plunger, and marking pen, if I happened upon the queen.
Tip: wear nice, thick boots over your pants, like Muck Boots. Several times I’ve had bees climb up inside my pants. If you don’t have any boots on hand, tuck your pants into your socks.
Bee Swarm Retrieval from Quillentries on Vimeo.