Laura Johnson wrote:
Unfortunately my chickens became a fox dinner and my bees suffered colony collapse. This Spring I will get new bees and new chickens. Would love to introduce you to some sweet chickens and nice bees.
If you are interested in bees, take a course with one of the bee clubs. Most of them have a mentoring program.
Time for my yearly post to this thread.
I am looking to join a swarm list.
I have not seen anything like a swarm here, but am seeking people who collect swarms out.
The idea is simple. During swarm season, the master beekeeper got a call about a swarm and contacted the first person on the list, took that newbie with them, showed them the ropes, and then that no-longer-newbie could eventually show the next person on the list. That next person would teach someone else and so on, right down the list. And there were always more swarms than takers, apparently.
I joined list back in Oregon, but moved away before my turn came.
Has anyone here come across something like this? I only see one other thread touching on the topic, though it is in the southern permies forum.
Collecting a swarm still makes some sense to me, as it means the hive it came from was probably quite healthy and strong.