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 swarm and give them to new members who don’t have bees. We ask members to make a small donation to the club once they have received a swarm.
What you need
- A Member of Southside Beekeepers Club
- Registered with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) as a beekeeper Click here to register
- Own a Nuc Box
- We highly recommend you have completed a Beekeeping Course