I have now only had my Bee’s for one week and I have already been asked to collect a swarm. The swarm had made its home inside a bird box that was outside, next to the kitchen window of a friend of mines parents. I waited until early evening before going to remove the bird box with the swarm in it. Everything went fine, you can see in the below photo, that I am just about to wrap up the bird box in a sheet to transfer the bee’s via a car to a hive owned by a friend of mine.
The next photo is the Bee swarm in its new hive, there are in the hive on the left.
I got the Bee’s last night and transported them back to my house. The photo below shows the roof and stand from my hive. The grey box is a brood chamber that was used to transport the Bee’s in. This contains 7 brood frames, I may this evening transfer the Bee’s on the frames into my hive and add some additional empty frames to give the Bee’s some more room. There are some additional photos below of me putting together the additional frames (in the kitchen, sorry Elaine)
I have always been interested in keeping bee’s more specifically the honey bee. After keeping chickens succsessfully over the last three years, I decided that i was at the right place in my life to start learning the art of bee keeping.
In the Autum of 2011, I took part in a day course, kind of like a taster session in keeping bees, with a theory based session in the morning, and a hands on session in the Aipary during the afternoon. The course was ran by Oaktree Cottage Apiary in a village called Flaxey in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.