Ever wondered how a person gets #bees? Well, for one you can mail order them. Yep, you buy them from another #beekeeper and they mail you a package. That's literally what it's called, a package of bees. I don't like that method for a few reasons, one of them being the $125+ price tag.* Swarm season starts around #mothersday in my locale, and especially with 3 days of snow and rain followed by 80° days, colonies will be feeling cramped and issuing swarms forthwith. With luck, a swarm will choose my #topbarhive and just move in. —
Scout bees look for a nice, dark space with ample room for a colony. If they can find one with that smells like other #honeybees chose to live there, all the better. That's why I've held on to the resources in the photo. A dead queen still gives off pheromones that's attractive. The small piece of clean white comb will allow a new queen to begin laying eggs immediately, and some top bars already have beeswax to guide the construction of new comb.
I tried a similar strategy a couple of years ago and failed to attract a swarm. I learned that it's a bad idea to "stock the pantry" with honeycomb. It only invited robbing, which a swarm is not equipped to fight. Dark brood comb is much more attractive to scout bees than white honeycomb, so the one piece I have is tucked inside the hive. Now I just cross my fingers and wait. Swarm season lasts through June, but now is the best time to catch one.🤞
*My website has "primers" on different ways to get bees with pros and cons of each. http://www.303beekeeper.com/search/label/primer
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