Watch My Urban Beehive Swarm, It’s Beautiful – Beekeeping 101 – GardenFork


  1. Scout around those trees I see down there. Too bad you could have had two hives. I would go into that hive and do an inspection.

  2. i raised bees when i was a kid. if i thought the bees were going to swarm i would add an extra full sized super with combed frames. they never swarmed!

  3. My hive swarmed about two weeks ago. Then at least 3 after swarms in 24 hours a few days ago once the new queens emerged. We were able to catch two of the small after swarms, but the third went 30 – 40 feet up into the trees, as did the first swarm. It is an amazing thing to watch. Although I didn't get lucky enough to catch the active swarms on video, the aftermath has provided several videos for my channel.

  4. As a amature beekeeper myself, I know how challenging hive management becomes.

    Sometimes the colony makes several attempts with swarming. There are 'mini swarms' or pre swarms which can happen over the coarse of a few days (so who knows, they may come back again)

    More frequent inspections are certainly needed during the times of nectar flow. But I'm sure with having hives on a roof top & your busy schedule it makes it difficult to stay on top of them. Ideally it would have been great to split the hive prior to swarming. Here in Florida, when the nectar flow is heavy, it seems I have to go into my strong colonies at least once every 5 to 7 days to either check for swarm cells or to ensure they are not honey bound

    I think right now is good time to inspect. Let's look for signs of a hatched out queen cell. Virgin queens that hatch out are always hard to find, but with any luck she will mate with a drone and continue laying prior to your change of season – check in 3 to 4 weeks for signs of eggs or larva

    As for swarm traps, I believe these need to already be setup prior to swarm occurring. Scout bees will find the trap box prior to the colony leaving. If they feel the cavity of the box is large enough, they will move right in (so only leave a few frames in the box, 1 or 2 frames is all that's needed). Also be cautious about how much essential oil you use. Too much essential oil acts as a repellent at first… 4 to 5 drops on a cotton ball is sufficient

    Anyhow – I have hope for you that all will turn out well. Your beekeeping videos always are inspiring no matter the condition or issue. Thank you again for sharing your progress. I look forward to your next update

  5. I recall the video where a hive had basically frozen and unsustainable; now this! A Mother Nature smile. I think you've got the equation "almost" figured out. But maybe next year prepare to have a place for the next hive. I'm sure they're looking for a new affordable place – it is Brooklyn!

  6. swarms are truly amazing to watch. but like you said you loose half your hive. I do think you need to remove the entrance reducer that looked like a lot of bees so it must have been a strong colony

  7. wow thats a big buzz. Pretty amazing. How much bees can live in a fully operational hive?? Thanks for sharing this amazing experience.

  8. I might not have a bee hive or have experience with them but would it be easier to have an empty bee hive set up during the winter in that location just in case during the next year they do that same event?? it's just an observation of what I understand.

  9. Once again, I clicked on a GF video that I didn't think I would like. Now I want to know if the bees will set up shop in the bait hive.

  10. now you know,don't lose site of a hive swarming no matter if you have the box or not keep an eye on them until they find the resting place 🙂

  11. Dear Queen Bee, please fly north to Toronto and start your new hive near my backyard garden. We've noticed a slow decline in our usual number of bees and my small urban crop of tomatoes & hot peppers really need your help. Come on girl, with a decent tail wind you'll across Lake Ontario, then just head for the big pointy thing (CN Tower), turn right and get hivin'.

  12. Hi Eric, sad to see the swarm leave and not re home it.
    I guess timing is everything, but sometimes everything has to be right.
    Last year one of our hives swarmed(prime swarm ) and it landed 15 ft away in next doors garden.
    It was re homed in another make shift hive.
    Today 27/5/17 either early morning or late evening of the 26th we have 10 hives 5 occupied and 5 empty ready for splits.
    Anyway back to last night or this morning,I went out to move a feeder used to mass feed,and found it to be nearly empty.
    Last night there was around 7 pints of syrup and this morning empty.
    I moved it and opened it to find a small cluster inside,not wanting the bees to get cold,I opened what I thought was a empty hive only to find a huge swarm clustering on the inside of the roof.
    Also there were bees in the brood chamber,so all in all a great result and a first swarm for us without doing anything.
    Now our other neighbor has an old dirty hive with just frames,so I melted beads of wax onto a few of the brood and super frames and sprayed them with syrup,adding a lemon grass cotton tip to act as a lure.
    Plenty of bees were scouting so fingers crossed.
    Sorry for the drawn out story p,just trying to give you the background on how it happened.

  13. Thank you for sharing! I am anxiously awaiting the bees in the tree next door to swarm. They did not last year but every year before. I was always at work when it happened, and not yet a beekeeper! I've been raising bees in Langstroth hives,and I have a top bar now empty and awaiting a swarm! I'm keeping a kit in my truck for the call 🙂

  14. amazing!!! you went from a dead hive to a healthy hive swarming !!.way to go!! too bad you wasn't able to split the hive a week sooner!!.

  15. Great video. I happened to stop by a beekeeper's house one day while on a business trip and as he was showing me his apiary a swarm started. We stood, without bee suits, in the middle of a monster cluster of swarming bees for about 5 minutes before they took off in a cloud and landed in a tree about 100 yards away. What an amazing and beautiful experience.

  16. Nice video. Thanks for sharing. I thought you were in northwest CT? I'm new to this like you and I enjoy seeing video like that and learning as much as I possibly can. I've had three swarms that I've seen already this spring. Despite a swarm trap like the one you put together I haven't caught any. I think it might be too close to the original colonies. Do you raise you own queens? I've had very good success raising queens from swarm cells this spring. I have mated, egg-laying queens ready to go after a swarm, or, if a colony has trouble re-queening itself after a swarm. I'll use some to help re-build colonies that lost bees to swarms. When she fills a complete frame with eggs/brood I'll swap it out for a new frame and add it to one of the production colonies.

  17. When you make a swarm or bait hive it should have empty space so the bees feel like they have enough space to grow. So you put an empty hive body with no frames on the bottom and the body with frames on top. Then once they are captured give them a proper hive with enough to build in

  18. Aren't they pretty? Congratulations, and I'm sorry. Bees do that. Thank you for keeping them, and I hope they found a great place to live.

  19. I love honey and i know, the bees are important , but i am getting goose bumps, when i see so MUCH bees on one place and instead of your nice music i "hear" the soundtrack of "jaws" ….. 🙂

  20. It must be a swarming type of year. In western Ohio, it seems that most beekeeping friends have had swarms. This my second summer, and no matter what I tried, at two of my three hives swarmed (those are the ones I caught, so the third may have swarmed unbeknownst to me). I put in four packages, and one of those started building swarm cells. I was able to split it, so seven hives became ten very quickly. Have you been able to catch swarm cells in time that you can do a split? Your videos are excellent, Eric!

  21. Could you do a equipment review for bee keeping? Maybe types of bee keeping headgear or full suits pros cons. Go over gloves vs the latex ones. I still have yet to get to do anything with bees just want to know best books you come across for beginners and anything else you have learned you might want to share. Anything bees with you is always fun to watch and informative. Thanks for the education.

  22. You could have taken the swarm trap you showed and raked the bees into it. I've caught swarms in buckets, cardboard box etc. They would have likely stayed until you had time to rehome them into another box. Get the queen in, and you will know in a few minutes as they all start to crawl/fly into the hive. Cool video nonetheless. Keep on beekeeping!

  23. Good luck catching them next time. Maybe a month before you anticipate swarming set a couple of traps near by. I aware 100% behind the swarm Commander scent. It doesn't take hardly more than about 5 drops in a trap and you will see bees investing within minutes

  24. where are you located in brooklyn, Starting a hive on my roof in brooklyn and looking to see how many other keepers there are, and what the brooklyn scene is.

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