Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Almost a Beelionaire
I was waiting until June 3 to take my main hive apart to see if the new queen was laying egs. It takes two weeks or so before a queen develops enough to do that. Then she is good for life unless she, and her groupies, decide to leave and start their own country.
Remember that has already happened twice.
So on Thursday it rained and onewho has made the misake of 'doing' bees on a rainy day will seldom make that mistake again. I didn't.
So, the next day looked as thought it would be good. That is, until a hive started to swarm. Now I have about had it with this swarminbg crap and I told them so. I also sprayed a great deal of sugar water on the little maple tree where another swarm landed. I don't know if it was pure luck, sugar spray aor a combination but they settled on the tree.
I did not have all the things ready that are necessary to start a new hive so i got as much done as possible and started trying to finish the rest.
Then another hive started swarming. A recently swarmed swarm started swarming. I sprayed the beejeebers out of the red bud tree next to their hive, but NO, they went to the honeysuckle bush.
I got another box about half ready and by this time i was out of breath, strength and almost out of patience. I did not give them permission to do this.
After a very long time of coaxing and cutting limbs and honey suckle vines and rushing around the garage trying to get foundation ready, I relaxed somewhat and went to check to see how things were going. Hmm, I said intelligently, there doesn't seem to be much activity from the Maple Tree Gang. I lifted the lid and there was nothing to see but empty frames. EMPTY. After all I had been through to make them a new home they just left again.
OK, that wasn't good but at least I had the other swarm. That would make a total of four and I could take two, instead of one, to my friend who wants his clover pollinated. I waited about an hour and then sneaked over to that hive, slowly I lifted the lid so as not to disturb them excessively.
They were gone. I had spent the afternoon, gave up my stopping at Sand Bur Ranch later on my way to a meeting and the bloody fools were gone.
Yes, they took a bunch of their cohorts with them. Now I have three small hives instead of three large functioning hives.
dadgummit. But, here is a picture of the Maple Tree gang who left home and is now somewhere with someone who does not appreciate them as I would have. I hope they know they missed a large field of clover.,