Swarmbustin' Honey

Swarmbustin' Honey

In Walt Broughton's words:

"Swarmbustin’ Honey is a family run operation dedicated to our Beeloved Honey Bees. We are located near Chatham in Chester County, PA. Collectively, my sons Abram, Luke, and Jeb, and I have in excess of ten decades of beeing with the bees. The Bustin’ of Swarms is a passion shared by all of us here at the Bee Farm. We have tales for days, with each adventure presenting interesting challenges. Accounts of providing Beeloved Honey Bees a home, or ‘bustin’ swarms’ as we'll call it, go back in history just as far as you care to dig, and the methodology and offered dwellings are as varied as they are numerous. We’ve used saws, loping shears and cardboard boxes to bust low swarms, and for the high swarms front end loaders, a five gallon pail mounted on a telescoping pole and even a fire truck in a city for one swarm. While we typically place our captured swarms into Langstroth Hive Bodies, beekeepers have been known to use straw skeps, gum trees, clay pots, and variations of Kenyan Top Bar Hives.

The Beeloved Honey bees are our first passion. Swarmbustin’ Honey was founded from that passion and as a means of supporting our habit, of keeping bees. Our passion exploded and with it the number of hives, followed by beeyards sprouting up in three counties in Pennsylvania and one in northern Delaware. Twenty years later we operate under the umbrella of a cottage industry simply 'Gone Wild.'"

 

 

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