I was called to get this swarm because the teaching hives at the community garden died. One died before winter - it was full of really mean bees and I don't miss them a bit. The other was alive two weeks ago with good signs like bees flying in with pollen on their legs. But I opened the hive on Sunday, the 26th, and there was NO brood, about half a nuc box worth of bees and two solidly filled medium boxes of honey. Clearly there was no queen and the hive would not make it.
Metro Atlanta has six teaching sites with hives for hands on hive inspection sessions to teach new beekeepers how to do it. We are first in line for swarms for these teaching hives if a hive dies. So I called our swarm hot line and literally the next day, Dave, the swarm commander, called me to go for this swarm which was about a seven minute drive from my house.
Below is the YouTube of the capture of the swarm and its installation at the community garden. I left a queen excluder under the bottom box and above the entrance because swarms have left the community garden location before. It's on Georgia Power land and I don't think the bees like the current in the electrical lines. So I hived the swarm and left the excluder on for a day and a half. I removed it yesterday.
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