Booming Bees

The bees are exceptionally strong this year. Almost all of them lived, and then the weather cooperated for early buildup. As I rush around to get more boxes on all of the hives, I’m finding that a few are heading for the trees.

Luckily, I was armed with a good number of nuc boxes yesterday. This swarm was a giant five pounder, so it is going to be quite cramped and require immediate transfer into a full box. I will wait about a week to let the queen get the hive established with new brood, and then they will move into their full-time home. It’s still early enough that a swarm this size might produce some honey in July or with a fortuitous August flow. Here they are settled into their temporary housing: