Many people start beekeeping with a swarm of bees. In springtime bee colonies swam, this is the natural way bees reproduce, but as a colony, as opposed to individuals. The Queen and 20,000 to 30,000 bees will fly out of the hive to find a new home. It is common for swarms to settle and cluster on a tree branch, a fence, a post or just about anywhere, for a short period of time before they find a permanent home to build a new colony.
The Southside Beekeepers Club has a number of experienced beekeepers who collect swarms for new members who don’t have bees.
What you need to be considered for a swarm!
- Be a current Member of the Southside Beekeepers Club.
- Fill in the "swarm" slip in person, which is only available at Club Meetings, in Winter (June/July/August). A priority list will be published in September.
- You must have a "Nuc" Box or Brood hive box to put the swarm in. The club runs "Nuc"(nucleus) and hive box building courses.
- You must have protective gear eg Bee suit, gloves and a smoker. A brush and hive tool are also recommended. Purchase at our Trade night in August.
- We highly recommend you have completed a Beekeeping Course and regularly attend club meetings to learn how to look after your bees.
- When you receive your hive from a club collector, you will be expected to have it Registered with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) as a beekeeper. There is no cost involved. Click here to register