Yesterday I got a swarm call to go to Decatur and collect a swarm from someone's yard. It was reported to be about 6 feet up and when I got there, that was the case.
I put a sheet under the swarm and collected them with the water jug part of my swarm catcher. I dumped them into this banker's box (a pretty easy way to carry a swarm home).
I was so glad I had put a sheet under the swarm. There were lots of bees on it and I shook them into the banker's box. They didn't all leave the sheet so I rolled it up and put it in my car.
I used clippers to cut off the branch with the remaining bees on it. I put the branch, bees and all into the collection box.
Once home it was dark and I installed the bees into a hive box and put in frames, one with old comb.
So they are now living in my apiary. I hope they do well.
Tonight I had company for dinner and as the guests arrived (also beekeepers) they pointed out a swarm of bees in my own front yard that had landed on an azalea bush. I'll collect them in the morning before I drive to Rabun County to install bees.
They can't be from my hives since I only have the two splits: SOS1 and SOS2 and the swarm I collected last night. I do also have the MABA club nuc which I just got and was described as being "about to swarm." Or maybe this is a secondary swarm from one of Jerry's hives (Jerry lives about a football field's length from my house on another nearby street.
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