Swarm! Revisited

Oh, no!  The bees swarmed again!  They didn't even stay 24 hours in their new home!  They look kind of scary, up there in the tree, all balled up like that, don't they?  They are actually surprisingly docile, though.

Oh, no! The bees swarmed again! They didn’t even stay 24 hours in their new home! They look kind of scary, up there in the tree, all balled up like that, don’t they? They are actually surprisingly docile, though.

We cut the branch out of the tree ever so carefully...

Let’s try this again, shall we?  We cut the branch out of the tree ever so carefully…

...pulled it out of the tree gently, gently...

…pulled it out of the tree gently, gently…

...and carried it over to the hive.

…and carried it over to the hive.

Davey positioned the swarm over the hive box and gave them a firm...

Davey positioned the swarm over the hive box and gave them a firm…

THUMP!  Into the box they fell, just like they were supposed to!

THUMP! Into the box they fell, just like they were supposed to!

Whew!  That's a relief!

Whew! That’s a relief!

We don't know why they swarmed the second time, but we assumed they did not like their new, unfurnished apartment, and so we added two filled frames from the other hive.  They seem happy now, so I guess it was the right thing to do!

We don’t know why they swarmed the second time, but we assumed they did not like their new, unfurnished apartment, and so we added two filled frames from the other hive. They seem happy now, so I guess it was the right thing to do!  And hopefully, we won’t have to revisit this particular swarm again!

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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.

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