Mark has gone from zero to bee-man in just a few months. He reads and googles and you tubes constantly in his quest for beekeeping knowledge. He has, apparently, learned how to trap a hive.
In fact, luck was with us because after leaving the trap box in the tree for 24 days he checked it, saw brood and took it down. Then we watched as the brood began hatching which was really cool.
Obviously the bees were ready to swarm when he placed the trap box into the tree where the feral colony was living and the swarming queen just went into the trap box and set up housekeeping. Nice for all of us.
Details: Mark built a box; put in 10 frames–1 frame of comb, 9 frames of foundation; made a cone from screen with a huge square of wire around it to funnel the bees out of the tree and into the trap box, it looked like a witch’s hat with a square brim; he placed a few drops of Lemon Balm essential oil on the landing platform on the front of the box. Then he left it all alone for a few weeks.
Now the hive has been moved to a friend’s farm (Hi friend! thank you!) about 30 miles away.
There is another box in the tree, as well, to draw out the queen that must have stayed inside. By fall we should have 4 hives: one we ordered from an apiary in South-Central North Carolina; a swarm hive given to us by a friend; two trapped hives gotten by Mark’s willingness to put in the work necessary to draw them out and bring them home.