It rained a good bit last night and was still damp this morning, but I peeked in and all seemed good. There were a few straglers still hanging around on the swarm box but the ones in the hive seemed to be positioning themselves on the frames.
Should I be feeding them something (like the ziplock baggy of sugar water syrup) or an upside down mason jar feeder of syrup?
Right now I have them in one medium box, should I add a second / third box right now? wait a while?
The plan for now is to leave them alone for a week, after this morning I'm going to resist opening the hive until thursday/friday next week.
(thanks for moving this thread by the way)
4th swarm call.. can you bee-lieve it?!?! This would be my 2nd successful attempt... tho I'll use that term loosely as you'll see from the pix. This one was twice the size of the first. I had to get on top of my suv to cut the branch off and for some reason (mistake #1) I decided to jump off the roof of my vehicle to the ground. Which caused the swarmball to shake and drop 1/4-1/3 of the bees on the ground. I quickly shook the bulk of the bees on the branch into the swarm box and then though of another great idea (mistake #2) I started to pick the bees up off the ground in a scooping motion with my hands (with gloves on). Instantly struck by over 20 bees. Luckily for me the stingers just barely got through the gloves... I could feel them but it wasn't deep enough to penetrate my skin so no stings there.
The pharamone all over me now every time I approached the box or the bees on the ground they jumped me. So I had my girlfriend start scooping them up with a KFC cup I had in the car. I saw a few bees lining up on one side of the box vibrating in the air indicating the queen was inside so I felt pretty confident that we could shut them in and get outta dodge. I took another 30-40 hits on my jacket and pants.. then it happened. MY FIRST STING! It didn't one bit :flex: okay it did a little..but I was so happy that it didn't bother me. The little guy got up my pants and stung me on my right calf below the knee.http://s213.photobucket.com/albums/cc304/SystemShark/Second%20Swarm/
I got them home and put them in my 2nd (last hive) again on the balcony of our apartment. Since it was twice the size I started this one with two medium boxes instead of one. Its was rainy today, and I'm hoping for rain tomorrow =p I'm crossing my fingers no one notices for a few weeks until my mentor gets back or I get a response from my girlfriends parents.
Hope you all enjoy the story and pix!