New bees on the farm this year
We’ve been busy on the bee front at CropShare this Spring! We were happy to rehome a top bar hive and a national hive from a lovely lady called Christine. She built the top bar hive herself and it’s got a great window in one side which gives you a beautiful view of comb and busy bees, make sure you check it out next time you’re at the farm- just ask. Christine kept these two hives completely naturally and we’re so chuffed to have them, hope you can visit soon Christine. Dave wrote about the day we picked them up and moved them to the farm on his blog here.
While we were working on his allotment as a thankyou for the swarm, we were lucky to see a new swarm forming from another one of Dave’s hives in the Trumpington Allotment apiary.
So after they had settled, at the very top of a sycamore tree at the top of the bank between the guided busway and the allotments (thanks bees) we set out to try and collect them. Cut a long story short, after climbing up the bank, climbing up the tree, sawing off a few small branches… we managed to lower the swarm into a cardboard box and wrap it up in a sheet. Score! So happy to be taking not one but two swarms to the farm and give the bees a great place to live.
Back at the farm, the first thing to do was to set up a ramp and sheet leading up to the hive entrance that the swarm can walk up (bees always walk upwards) to their new home. then we shook the bees onto the ramp and they started to walk up into their new home. 🙂
Both swarms were rehomed successfully and now we will leave them to settle in for a few weeks before checking all is well and that the queens are laying eggs to build up the hives and make the most of their first summer on an organic farm this year. Stay tuned for more bee blogs!
Photos by Axel Minet.