This morning I took the Top Bar Hive out to get swarm number three installed into the hive. They seem to be taking well to the top bars. I have placed a top feeder on the TBH to help the bees get established. It is said that bees will use up the same about of energy and food stores to produce a pound of wax as they do to produce 7 to 8 pounds of honey. I figure that a few gallons of sugar syrup should help get things going. Once the bees get a little more comb drawn out, I will put a little pollen substitute into the bottom of the hive.
The other swarm from Sunday had left the yard. So far this year I have had four swarms come out of my hives. I have been able to capture two of them. In basebase terms, that is a .500 average. This leaves me at a current count of eight hives. Just a couple more weeks to get things prepared for this years honey flow.