Both hives are getting ready for the summer nectar flow. The hive that swarmed has settled down (with a little help) and hopefully it has (or will shortly have) a new laying queen. The next inspection is scheduled for July 11.
The swarm that was captured in front of town hall is settling nicely into a new Warré hive out near Aspdin and they have almost finished building out comb in the first box. The queen was spotted during the last inspection and she is busy laying eggs to build up the new colony.
On Sunday a swarm of bees settled into a branch on the pine tree beside the Tom Thompson statue in front of town hall in Huntsville. Concerned citizens flagged down an OPP officer that was driving by and he contact Craig Nakamoto. Craig captured the swarm (at least 2/3 of the bees) in a plastic box:
Then he set up an actual bee hive box below the tree.
Then he poured the bees in to the hive.
and waited for about 15 minutes and pretty much all of the remaining bees went in to the bee hive.
Once that was done he strapped up the hive, covered the entrance with screen and drove it out to his bee yard near Aspdin to start a new hive.
Dawn Huddlestone with Doppler wrote a great article about the swarm incident and you can read it here.
The new bees are slowly settling in and hive #2 was ready for a new box of empty frames.
We also added a few litres of sugar syrup to each hive to see if they want it. There should be enough nectar available without feeding them, but It can help them build out new comb faster – which is a big advantage to a new hive. Once the hives are established we will try to manage them without any feeding.
The second beehive was installed this morning and the bees were added to both hives.
One 4-frame nuc from Alison Van Alten was added to hive #1 (the left hive when facing from the front) and one 10-frame nuc from David Siberry was added to hive #2 (the right hive). Craig Nakamoto drove the Van Alten nuc up from Hamilton area and the SIberry nuc came from Manitoulin Island via Bracebridge and was driven in by Rob Key.