I wish I could catch hives. There are too many that do it in this area and not enough swarms in peoples out buildings or old trailers. Didn't have time to follow the honey bees around here before the new bees arrived. Wanted to try and find a wild hive on the old farm here. Was wiped out last year by three bear in a three day non stop bombardment. I'd stack up what was left and go out an hour later to find everything demolished again. Ugh.
Cool there is a beekeeping thread here. Just spent a long day finishing up the bee bunker. Had a make shift wrap of welded wire and electric around it for few days that held up nicely. Checked first morning and found a bear had come and only went at them twice before the 6K volts deterred it. Have a charger that will put out 8K or more coming later this week. 6K volts just isn't enough. Need them to run away on the first shock not decide it's too much trouble after two attempts. The three nuc's for this year should be safe. Happy about that. Figure I can fit another five or so next year If I prove the bear can be tamed. Eventually will be a full apiary with only poly rope in back field. This is nestled behind the metal scrap pile top side of orchard and surrounded by raspberry.
Hot day, painting that was not so easy, had to suit up for the second coat in front of hives as they were very active and getting a bit pushy. The door opening will have a door. There's a heavy old women's bathroom door sitting to the side I've yet to install. Just wrapped a length of polywire in W fashion over door way electric gate. So yeah, leveling, putting on the top braces, two coats of paint and properly installing the old welded wire and electric took from 9 AM to 7 PM. It was HOT and I'm spent.