As. If. That. Just. Happened. Oh my gosh! I had the most unbelievable moment yesterday, I’m still in awe at the thought of it. If you recall, I suffered a bit of a hit on Sunday when my beehive swarmed, and half of them flew away just hours before I was to split them and put them in my brand new Top-Bar Hive.
Well, ladies and gentleman, let me show you what I found while gardening yesterday.
Oh yeah, baby!! That’s my swarm!….OK, well maybe not my exact swarm. I’ll never really know that, but who cares anyway?? It’s bees! The best part was that this lovely cluster was located not 10 feet from my Top-Bar Hive, and on a low branch that was thin enough I could cut it with my little hand pruners. My heart was beating out of my chest as I called Todd, in a panick, trying to figure out exactly what to do. Like a trained emergency response operator talking someone through giving birth, he calmly explained that I needed to snip the branch that the bees were on off, and ever so gently carry said branch to the TBH, then quickly shake the branch over the open hive to drop all the bees in.
It all sounded too easy. It was all too perfect! How is this happening, that just days ago I almost cried watching my bees fly away, only to find a perfect swarm right beside my TBH?!
This is usually where the story goes south, right? But no, not this time! This time it all went off without a hitch. I pruned the branches that the bees were on while my awesome, fearless brother-in-law pulled the lid back. With one swift shake, the bees were in!
Now, I wait…
I don’t think I’m quite out of the woods yet, though. I still have no idea if there’s a queen. I have no experience with TBH’s. This could all still go disastrously wrong, but for the time being I’m floating on cloud 9 😀
Who else has had a moment when things seemed to be going so wrong, but then miraculously turned right again?
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