One swarm captured and Two queenless hives

“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:

swarm capture

install swarm into KTBH

shaking bees off branch

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!

Hive A swarm cell 1

Hive A swarm cell 2

Hive B supercedure and swarm cells


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!*

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