All these bees at the bottom?
The mystery continues!?
Two poly hives have lots of bees under the bottom board. We checked the two busiest hives and both didn’t have a single swarm cell.
The queen looked great and fat like a laying queen should. The first and second pic shows the huge number of bees under a third hive.
We boxed the bees in a nuc from another bottom board. The third pic shows nosema type stains in the Back of hive where the bees were clustering.
So I can think of two options.
- Due to congestion, some of the bees connected on the outside through the mesh. This hive was supered. Just in case they want to come back in.
- A swarm from a local tree?
Your thoughts? See comments and more pictures on our facebook page.
It’s now time for members to register your interest in becoming part of BRB’s Swarm Collection Team for this season.
If you have a bee swarm that you want us to remove, please complete the application form here.
Members please note: To be placed on the Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Swarm Collection List you are required to meet the following criteria. The criteria have been developed to;
- Promote biosecurity best practice;
- Allow for the on-going training and support needs of BRB members; and
- Minimise opportunities for negative impacts to occur to when collecting a swarm.
- Be a current Registered Beekeeper with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR);
- Have undertaken some form of Swarm Collection Training;
- Have relevant equipment ready for swarm collection; and
- Be a current financial member of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc.
If you believe you meet the above criteria, please complete the application form here.
After the training, the coordinator will add those eligible, who have registered and done the training so that they can be contacted should a request come in for assistance with a swarm.