The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Free Honeybees

Want some honeybees but don't have $200 to start a hive?  Everett wrote in a few weeks ago to give us some pointers on catching swarms.

Every spring, crowded bee colonies decide to split up.  The old queen makes a new queen to take over her old hive, then she and a bunch of workers fly the coop.  The mass of bees --- a swarm --- heads off in search of a new hive.  If you play your cards right, that new hive can end up in your backyard, a source of honey for years to come.

Smart beekeepers put up fliers and contact the local police and fire departments, alerting them that they're ready to capture swarms.  Everett wrote about his experience catching swarms on his blog.  If we hadn't gotten in on the extension service grant, we'd definitely give swarm hunting a shot!

This post is part of our Readers' Tips lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.