I will begin by saying to all my frozen Northern friends, I do think of you and empathize. I know this isn't much of a post, but proof that spring is headed your way!
Went on a call today with a couple fellow Beeks, anticipating we were doing a cut out (that's what we were expecting). I switched out frames with foundation for empty frames last night expecting to be framing brood comb (yeah I'm a dummy, I'll have both next time!) . Instead, it was a good sized swarm. The swarm was on an outcropping/decorative roof 2 stories up. Sorry, no pics of the swarm as I was a few minutes late, and they were waiting on me, my bad!!
We brought a 5 gallon bucket to the roof to capture the swarm in, then transferred it to my hive box when we got it to the ground. Locked up the bees, and they headed for their new home here with me. This is the third area of our yard where I now have bees. This stand will hold two more hives.
I wanted to get some wax foundation in there, so took advantage of the orientation time to swap out the frames. A few pics to encourage my frozen friends....Spring is coming!!!
Everybody was looking quite content as dark approached. I am pulling a frame of eggs & brood from one of my hives tomorrow for a trap out job, so I will find a nice frame of honey and maybe some brood for this hive, too. I think it's going to be a very busy season....
Happy Bees to all!!