Swarm Part II – The Round Up

After we received the call we all dashed up to the roof. Within an hour or so the ladies had moved into the perch of a windscreen. We set up a temporary hive box and began the hunt for the queen.

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We thought the swarm was simply resting on this windscreen. It turned out they had burrowed into a narrow crevice at the spine of the structure. It runs about 6 ft high and they were mostly about four feet down inside. We did our best to smoke them out but had very little luck. The ladies were thoroughly jammed in the interior of the structure.

 

 

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Alas, we patiently tryed to coax the queen (and thus swarm) out of their temporary hiding spot and into our sophisticated swarm catching device. Upon checking in last night and this morning, it was clear they weren’t having it—the queen and swarm are still in the spine. We’re having very little success with catching the swarm, and in the meantime are working on adding another super to give more than enough room for the remaining bees in the hive. Any other tips for making sure the remaining hive bees stay where they are would be greatly welcome!

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Swarm!!!!!!

Yesterday we got a call from the neighbors saying there were bees allover the hive. We thought they might be ‘bearding‘, unfortunately we were not so lucky. More to come…

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The Good Life

You know you’ve made it as a beekeeper when you can sit back and let your understudies do all of the heavy lifting! Nice one Mr. Combover 😉

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The Hobson Hive

We had a double-hive visit this weekend. After visiting the hives on Abbot’s Cellar we visited our hive living at the self-proclaimed World’s Smallest B&B. The hive is young but thriving, and it is clear that the queen is laying consistent and healthy brood pattern. The hive is currently four supers deep, and the bees are just now exploring the fourth super—beginning to store honey in it. Emily and crew are clearly doing a great job with this hive, and the bees are certainly enjoying their non-rooftop environs.

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We did spot a few frames with a large number of drone cells, which we thought was a little fishy. Anyone have any tips on what may be causing this?

The Hives Are Filling up at Abbot’s!

It’s been a busy summer with the bees on the roof of Abbot’s Cellar. The two hives are almost full of brood and the top supers are just about full and capped with honey. You know what that means…harvest time! No dates are set but this fall we’re expecting to harvest quite a bit of honey with the folks over at Abbot’s Cellar. More to come soon!

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Summer Deep Dive

One last deep dive into the hives on the roof of Abbot’s Cellar before we add the fourth supers for all of this summer honey. You’ll recognize tell the Italian bees by all of the ladies congregating outside of the hive. They weren’t impressed with our investigation!

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New Hive(s)—Installation Update

News from the relocated hives. The entrances have both been opened up (one after 24 hrs and the other after 48 hrs) and the bees seem to be re-oriented and doing well. We have reports that the ladies are foraging and thriving in their new locations. Huzzah! Hopefully this amazing weather helps the cause. Fly on!

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Bee Delivery Number 2

And finally, hive number two finds a good home. We’ll be sure to let you all know how the bees settle in to their new homes with fresh updates from our satellite hive locations. More to come!

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Bee Delivery Number 1

After a bumpy journey across town, we finally arrived at the new home for our first hive, Boon’s backyard. For those of you who don’t know or who haven’t read Our Book) Boon is the person who introduced us to beekeeping.

Boon lives in the Mission in San Francisco and has a super bee friendly backyard. We think this will be a great home for the ladies. Thanks for acting as temporary bee custodian Boon!

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