Got to work at 07:30, about 08:30 a call from one of the local chemical plants found it's way to me, they had a swarm that needed to be handled quickly. Ran home, grabbed my stuff and headed to them. Vacuumed it up and headed home. Wanted to do a quick dump in a Nuc and get back to work. The bees had other plans, they had no interest in the box and kept REPEATEDLY lighting on my trash can. After repeated attempts to shake and bang them off the can with no luck...it became obvious to me that the queen was somewhere on the can and I'd have to find her. Understand, I've never spotted a queen unassisted, so the pressure was on!
I have to give a shoutout to Schawee, for all the pointers and advice, not to mention confidence, he had given me on how to find the queen, it worked like a charm!
Got her spotted and caged, and was back to work by 11:00.
Went to lunch with a couple of co-workers and swung by my bee yard to show one of the guys my bees. Got there about 12:30, just in time to see one of my hives swarm and land. Had to head back to work hoping they would be there when I got off.
Left work about 16:15 to pick up my nephew from school....we had to rush home and try to deal with my swarm before heading to our monthly bee club meeting at 18:00. Before we could get home, I got another swarm call from a local business that had called me about 2 previous swarms.
It was at this point that I realized something had to give, I couldn't handle it from a time, or equipment point of view....called a fellow beekeeper to handle the other swarm.
Got home and hived my swarm....best part being that my nephew actually spotted the queen, he missed her on the first attempt but we quickly found and caged her. All in time to make our bee meeting!
It was a good day!
With 8 swarms under my belt and spotting and catching 2 queens today....I think i'm ready for my next challenge as a Beek! Looking forward to doing my first cutout at Bud5 this weekend!