I won’t recount the entire conversation, but the basic gist was ‘there is a swarm in Stanwood, and dinner is a t 6pm, and I don’t think you have enough time for both’ versus ‘a swarm is a awesome opportunity! (although we won’t know till we’ve soaked about $60 in sugar into it, not to mention tying up equipment and the 6-12 hours of time to manage it till spring….) and it would be fun!’
So the wonderful farmer J said “fine, just don’t fall off the ladder” with the same intonations as she might tell our eldest that she could go play in the rain, but wold be doing her own laundry.. Awesome!
The swarm was about 14′ off the ground over a sidewalk, and I could ‘just’ reach the branch with the loppers. I managed to get them down, and shaken into an empty hive body. A few bees ended up back on the stub of a branch and after things had mellowed out, I clipped that off and tossed it in the hive as well. top screen and entrance screen and home I went!
I put a hive top feeder on the colony with about half a gallon of sugar water, and will open the entrance later today, once they have decided to stick around… I’ll update as things progress, although I’ve caught swarms before, I have seldom had much success in keeping them at home (anyone out there with any tips?). I’ll do some reading tonight and hopefully improve my success…
That’s about four pounds of bees!