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2010/03/18

Swarm!!!

Well, earlier this week was hectic. My step dad called on Monday saying he was out weeding the back, heard a humming noise, looked up and was startled to see a 'cloud' of bees. He quickly ran inside and called me. The bees settled into a mass about as wide as a football and about 2 feet long. Unfortunately, I could not run out there right away and the bees disappeared. I think they went back into the hive. I went out and checked the hive, the honey super I put on 1 month ago was barely touched. And the bees were a little touchy and did not want my face in their hive. I left the super on and closed up the hive.

Tuesday I was called again, the bees were swarming. I quickly packed up and headed down. As I got there, I went into the hive and could see the swarm had taken to the air again. I ran into the house and took my gear out on the deck. But they were moving. I ran out front and watched as the swarm wen over my head. And headed over the valley towards the other side. I ran down the hill and tried to follow them, but they were too high in the air and I lost them. Bummer!

I went back and checked out the hive. The amount of bees were smaller but there are still a lot of bees.

I emailed Fuzzy and he feels the bees have filled up the brood area with honey and since the queen does not have room, she feels crowded and the bees are swarming. So this weekend Fuzzy and I are going to move around the frames, open up the honey, and try to give the bees more room. Hopefully w/o getting stung.

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