Originally Posted by katsdar
So now that I have been told they will be aggressive, what should I worry about? Lawn mower bothering them? and I was told that I won't be able to get the honey, can't tap into the tree?
Swarms are usually docile. Bees try to save their stinger for protection of the hive, brood and stores. I cut the grass right up against my hives. Just don't provoke them. Unless you're hassling the hive, you won't get stung unless you step on one or get one caught in clothing.
You'd have to cut the tree down to get the honey.
I hope I didn't screw up my one and only hive yesterday. It came through winter very strong with 2 deep brood bodies. I went in a couple weeks ago and they were making queen cells with queen larvae in them. I wanted to split the hive then but decided to wait till I had another hive set up better and it was cool so I closed it back up. It has been too cold to do anything with it since then. Every day this week when it would get up to about 55F it looked like they were swarming. I set up 2 swarm traps but haven't caught anything yet.
So when it got warm enough yesterday, I opened up, took 3 frames of bees out and put them in another hive. 1 frame was just bees with a little honey, 2 frames had capped brood and one of those had capped queen cells. I filled the rest of the body with frames of drawn comb. I moved it about 100 ft. so it is next to the house where it catches the morning sun. I put it on another deep body with 5 frames of drawn comb. I put a syrup feeder on top. Then I cut some honeysuckle branches and piled them in front of the entrance. That way they can't just fly out. They have to reorient themselves to their surroundings. That way they imprint on the new location. I'm not sure how many of the bees were scouts and foragers but we'll see if there are enough bees to make a new hive.
I'm getting another package of bees in about 12 days.
Hopefully this new hive will survive/thrive. Then I'll have 3 hives in time for the clover that's just about to start blooming.
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 4/13/16 at 8:41am