Thanks to everyone for their advice regarding my swarm issue.
And I thought the install was an adrenaline rush... [img]smile.gif[/img]
As of last night, I successfully caught my queen and placed her back in the hive. She was preceeded by about 2/3's of the accompanying swarm via brush and dustpan.
They got pretty hot about it, but no stings... yet. Home made smudge pot and syrup mist worked wonders.
I brushed the remaining third up toward the landing board a la OnlyGoodSHB's advice. By this a.m., the majority were back in the hive.
Hole in the original queen cage was too small to load her up quickly (and didn't want to risk squishing her), so I rigged up a new queen cage out of a 3/4" dia. plastic hair roller (wife used to be a stylist), a bobby pin 'hanger', and two pieces of plain, uncoloured/unflavored saltwater taffy kneaded and shaped into discs.
I hope it isn't toxic to the girls... (syrup is only taken up to 240 in recipe, not quite carmelized temp if I recall)
An hour later, we went back out to observe and noticed "wax dust" being brought out onto the landing board. (I hope they're not chewing up all that foundation.) What causes them to chew foundation anyway?
I already had a queen excluder (thanks peggjam) coming in the mail, but it might not make it in time. How long do you think I have before they chew through either 1/2" thick plug and release her Wandering Highness-ness?
I figured I could temporarily use a piece of galv hardware cloth over the entrance reducer, but what size will allow only the workers (& drones?) through?
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