I do work for a large commerercial bee outfit.
Every fall they gas thousands of "stray" bees after their hives have been shipped out.
I have been told that I can have all I want.
My thought is that it would be too late in the year to use them to start a new hive. However they should be great to add to weak hives (with plenty of stores) to strengthen them.
Any suggestions on how to lure them into a cluster for harvesting?
Can I queen them and start a new hive? Adding plenty of stores of course.
My objective this year and the next couple, is to increase hive numbers with honey a secondary issue. My goal is 350 colonies.