Re: Nest Scent...
It would be great to handle the hives twice a year.....stack on empty supers and take off full ones. If that was how I managed hives in this area, I'd be out of the bee business fast....courtesy of the wax moth and the small hive beetle.
Like many others, I am beyond the notion that we can "keep bees naturally". You either leave them alone in their nests in the woods (and leave their honey alone, too) or you put a colony into a wooden box with some arrangement of frames for straight combs and managability. Once you do that, no claim for "natural beekeeping" can be made. So, what is the point of putting the colony into a box? ....HONEY PRODUCTION. If a person is only interested in "helping the bee population", he may buy bees by the pound and queens by the dozen and simple release them into nature.
KeyBeeper...I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you either don't have bees or have just started and you are very interested in Warre hives. A Warre hive in this area wouldn't last two months and be very carefull with this management strategy in Georgia, too.
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