Preparing for the swarms

Our beekeeping experience now amounts to around half a year – main achievement so far is that our one and only colony seems to have survived the winter with vigour
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they were out in force today in the long-waited for sunshine
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We learn that we are now heading for the swarming season – something, which like all aspects of beekeeping, seems to be a mixture of unpredictability, mystique, and much scope for Things Going Wrong.

We imagine part of the colony emerging to look for a new home in or month or two and promptly relocating next door with a minimum off fuss – that is if we provide them with a next door.

So to work
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knocking up a stand
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and locating it next door
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and then cleaning up some hives
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ready to make a desirable residence.

Doubtlessly, to be continued

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