Monday, May 12, 2014
Hiving the new Swarm Day 1
I then take the trap box to the location I plan on hiving the swarm at and place the trap on the waiting bottom board that will become their very own.
A note of caution here. As we move further into Summer the Assassin bugs will move into the area under the swarm trap and wait there snatching up forager bees as they return so this step shouldn't be allowed to go on more than a day or two max. That little gap there were the entrance will end up being is the perfect Assassin bug ambush point. The evil looking things can lay around in the shade and grab the girls at the leisure. I think Assassin bugs must be from Nigeria and have ties with Al Quida :)
I then hang a branch of leaves down over the entrance hole so the bees coming out in the morning realize pretty quick the scenery has changed over night. This will cause them to re-orient their internal GPS to the new location before flying off to find nectar and pollen.
That's about all I do on the first day. After sundown I will go out and remove the limp branch and leaves from the entrance as the foragers should now have a fix on their new location.
The longer I leave the girls in the trap the harder it is to get them out because they will be building comb off the top and getting all settled in. I think it is important though not to mess with them too much too fast though and cause them to get pissy and find a new home. Also they only have a few days worth of stored honey and I need to start giving them some sugar syrup pretty soon after moving them as it will also take them some time to start finding forage in their new location. We wouldn't want them to starve either.
After making sure the new swarm was remaining in place I started the finishing touches on the garden. Running the hose from the rain barrels, digging in the water tub, putting in a few stakes and polishing off end rows with Marigolds and Sunflowers.
The potatoes are pushing up nicely. This time of year the poor new plants always look so dirty as the rain splashes mud all over them. I have determined that my first two plantings of pole beans need to be sown again for sure because the third trellis I planted after them are all sprouted and growing strong already. My guess is the ground still wasn't warm enough for them and the hard rain did em in.
The supervisor doesn't care she just wants me to get finished and sit down so she can climb up in my lap. All this moving from one spot to the next is really stressing her out and interrupting her nap time.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!