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How To Hive A Swarm Of Bees 

  The first thing you need to do is find a swarm. Which if you already keep bees, will probably appear from the month of May on a tree near you hives. A hive of bees can be considered as a single entity, the drones of a swarm live only to try and breed with a young queen from a neighbouring hive. They are nothing more than spermatozoa. The worker bees as name suggests carry out all the work of the hive. The queen bee, is the reproductory organ of the hive. No queen and the hive will die.

Find A Swarm

First of all after donning protective mask, and other anti sting equipment we trim away all the excess branches from around the swarm this gives ease of access to the swarm.

Trim the Tree

Enlist the help of someone who enjoys the honey!

Trim the Tree

Place empty skeep above the swarm, and apply smoke from below, the natural instinct of the bees is to climb away from the smoke into the skeep.

Trim the Tree

When the majority of the bees (including the queen) are in your skeep, remove it from the tree and place on a hard flat surface nearby.

Trim the Tree

The rest of the bees are gently knocked from the tree and placed below the skeep where they will naturally climb in the skeep and get work making you honey and wax.

Trim the Tree


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Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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