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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hive Entrance of a Swarm colony transfer Top Bar Hive

This is a very strong colony of bees that was brought in from one of our swarm traps. They were transferred into the Top Bar Hive a few minutes before this video was taken. They are adjusting very nicely to their new home and quickly learn the "ins and outs" to their new location.


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    1. I know! if you would have told me 5 years ago that id have bee hives I would have laughed at you...but I LOVE it! it is quite shocking how relaxing it really is though! I love sitting at the hive entrance watching them come in and out... bryan likes to get up just inches away, i like to sit a few feet back ;) They just mind their own business and keep on working as long as no one's getting in the way. I love honey bees!!

  2. Nice video! I am still waiting to catch my own first swarm.

    1. Put a few drops of lemongrass oil inside...the bees love it! We have had great success with that technique! Good luck, keep me updated on your swarm catching! So exciting!