I had already hived a swarm which had absconded the next day and I was at the peak of my exhaustion from 14 bee stings the previous day, but when I heard my new beekeeper friend, Pete, had caught a large (size of a football), prime swarm from one of his hives, I was keen to give it another go.
We shook and swept his swarm into my hive and I fed them 12 pints of sugar syrup (1:1, sugar to water) using a 12 pint jumbo beehive feeder. There was some drizzle during the day and the forecast for the next few days was not good, so I hoped they would want to anywhere and they would stay this time. When I got home that evening I had the satisfied glow of a job well done.
Seven days later and they are still their hurrah! A success.
Smoking the swarm (which was caught in a nuc box):
Shaking bees into their new home:
Bees flying everywhere:
Postscript: If you want to find out if they stayed this time, please read Warning – Novice Beekeeper Alert.