“One swarm captured and Two queenless hives.” Kinda like “two turntables and a microphone”… or not.
So, I caught a swarm with my dad last week!!! OMG it was so exciting, I almost hyperventilated. We installed them in a homemade Kenyan Top Bar Hive (KTBH) I wasn’t planning on using until next year. So now I have 2 Langstroths and a KTBH. I’ve been scrambling to re-read the KTBH info I originally read a year ago (and promptly replaced in my brain with Langstroth info). I’ll write about that hive another time – it’s doing great at the moment.
Here are some quick videos of a few exciting moments:
In the meantime, seven days ago I did a full inspection of both Langstroth hives and thought they were doing great, saw both queens. But today on inspection neither hive has eggs or the tiniest larvae. I think I was panicking a bit out in the bee yard. I looked calm, but inside I was desperately trying to figure out what I was seeing and what it meant. Hive A has two swarm cells, so I suspect that hive swarmed and I think it’s been 5 or 6 days since a queen was there laying eggs. And Hive B has two capped supercedure cells and a swarm cell or two. Hive B’s youngest larvae is a little larger, so I think maybe 6 or 7 days since a queen was present laying? I wonder if I injured her or killed her at the last hive inspection. I think the bees are doing well and raising new queens, despite my possible mistakes!
I’m going onto Beesource Forums to post about my hives and see what people think happened and what I could do better.
7.2.14 I didn’t hear from anyone on the Beesource Forums, but I suspect both my hives swarmed. Because the bees are making new queens in both hives, I’m going to let them do their thing. *fingers crossed!*