About Beekeeping at TVA

Information coming soon!

Honey Bee Swarm Capture Box

A new beekeeping project for us.  Two boxes were placed in the woods on our school campus and one at Fernhill Wetlands where the old Wood Duck Box Hive had been.  Both swarm boxes on campus attracted the attention of foraging workers within days of being set out (April 2010).  By June 21, 2010 we caught our 4th swarm using these capture boxes.  Each box contained five frames with at least one of the frames having drawn out wax comb.  Lemon grass oil was also placed in the box to attract bees.


To collect this swarm I sprayed the bees with sugar water and then brushed them into my swarm collection box.  The collection box has a screened bottom and top to provide plenty of ventilation during transport.

Observation Hive


When the observation hive in my classroom failed for the third winter in a row I decided to keep a regular hive at home to provide extra honey and bees when needed.

When starting a new hive you must order a package of bees.  Each package of bees contains 3 pounds of bees (roughly 10,000 workers), a queen within a small screened cage, and a can of sugar syrup to feed the bees in transit.

Yes, I found 10,000 bees a bit intimidating at first, but as I gained experience I discovered that working with honey bees can be a rather relaxing hobby.

Mason Bees (2009)