Beekeeping

Video of bee swarm capture 2020

Honey bee swarms are a natural occurrence. Think of it as a colony giving birth to another colony. Typically in our tri-state area of Sioux City, IA; North Sioux City, SD; and South Sioux City, NE swarms happen in June and July. Swarms can happen in early spring and fall but typically mid summer is the primary months. When conditions are right and the hive is becoming overwhelmed with resources and bees, the colony will begin to “make” another queen. Before the new queen emerges the old queen will leave and take about half the bees in the hive with her. This is the swarm, in flight it will look like a cloud of bees but eventually the bees will land in a tree and cluster into a ball. I have also seen swarms on fences, houses, cars and on the ground. The swarm can seem intimidating and outright frightening to someone not accustomed to bees, however the swarm is usually harmless unless provoked because it has no hive or resources to protect. They are in survival mode and that’s all they care about. A swarm or cluster can remain in a tree or any surface for hours or days as scout bees search for a new home. Time is of the essence and a beekeeper should be contacted immediately. A beekeeper will collect the swarm and give them a proper home to ensure survival. As beekeepers the bees are our focus and of course your safety.

Swarm on chain link fence

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Beekeeper

9 thoughts on “Beekeeping

  1. Awesome work!! I know 5l4H Ranch and Bees will be a great asset to the community and people can take pride knowing the Bees will be handled and Saved by An Established Beekeeper doing his part for the Local Community and the fight to help the Bees!!!

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    1. Thank you John. You have been a big part of my success and I just want to say thank you. Making this site was really hard. Wrenches, hammers, cutting torch and welders fit my hand way better than a keyboard. Please share my site if u would please. Much love 5l4h ranch and bees

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  2. Wishing you all the best buddy on your new endeavor. This guy right here cares about his bees. And you know he will do everything he can to make sure that the bees are going to make it.

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