07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

I did an artificial “shook swarm” on a colony last week: lovely docile bees. I found the queen and caged her on a frame, then shook lots of bees into a box and then coaxed the queen onto my finger and put her in the box – these were heading for my new octagonal hive at home.
Back home I opened the box and found the queen sat on one of the lid flaps so I coaxed her back onto my finger, and whilst in the palm of my one hand I upturned the box (with my other hand) and shook the bees into the empty hive. Then let the queen walk into her new home.
Tonight I peeked through the observation window and could see a big cluster: this hive is a top bar vertical (Warre type) with in built viewing ports. I am really excited!