TBH swarmed


Finally made it to my outyard today. 93F and toasty.


Checked all hives for eggs (queen check) and how much space they needed. The eve hive looked like it swarmed but it did rake in alot of honey.  The lang hives were cranking quite well, one had totally crosscombed it’s super. So I pulled it and salvaged the honey. About 3 liters. Gave some to my neighbors, and put the brood comb and honey drenched frames in a tub and put it outside to be robbed out by local hives.  Several combs broke in transit, and I may have another 2 liters in the back of my truck.  So much that honey is running out of the back of my truck. hmmm.


One hive looked queenless and was far gone. I merged it with a nuc to make a proper hive. That brings me to 8 hives at the yard, and a TBH nuc plus the Bertil estate hive and the two swarms in traps.

3 Responses to “TBH swarmed”

  1. J Bennett says:

    A poster named Hartley at Biobees referred me here. I’m trying to get a hive or two started around San Marcos, TX using TBHs and a natural approach. I want to work with feral bees instead of buying a package, but I’m not sure if that’s a good idea for a beginner in AHB territory. Am I likely to add to the problem if I make a bad choice about a bee source? Or am I worrying too much?

    Thanks for the videos, especially that massive hive in Austin, and the other information.

  2. mccartney says:

    Top Bars are better than Langs for learning beekeeping. Don’t worry about the bees possibly being hot, just be sure to wear a veil and have no skin exposed.
    There are plenty of ferals that are passive, and some that are not.

  3. Dennis says:

    If you capture a swarm and they turn out to be hot, you can simply requeen with an inseminated queen and the next generation, (2-3 months later) will be sweet honey makers using the comb made by your aggressive but productive hot ones after they have died off.
    Hope you enjoy beekeeping. I sure am. Going on my second year.

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