I'm doing my first tree trap out after a call from a fellow about 25 miles away.
I placed the wire cone over the small hole in the oak tree and did my best to duct tape up and openings. Not many bees came out while I was working even after I banged on the trunk with a stick. i was a little disappointed I hung a swarm trap box above the funnel. I added some lemongrass oil and some drawn frames. I did not have any capped brood to spare plus it was a 25 min ride and I was afraid I'd chill the brood.
I checked on the trap this morning and found plenty of bees outside the cone, more than I expected but the oak sure had some deep groves in the bark and the little darlings have found a nice hole to get back in at the bottom.
Taped it up better now that I had some bees to work with.
I happened to have a frame of capped drone brood and nectar from a 'laying worker' hive I had dismantled this morning so I cracked the the top of the trap and replaced the un-drawn wax frame.
I moved the 5-frame trap box to a position below l the cone where they associated the new entrance and left the top cracked a bit. That did the trick, they started to move in with abandon
So I'll have several thousand bees on five frames by Wednesday AM but I seriously doubt I'll have the queen as she will not abandon her brood.
What is the best use I can make of this 'swarm'?
Should I just do a newspapers combine? A shake out?
Try to buy a new queen? Will they accept her?
I'm am still unable to 'see' eggs so I have doubts about my ability to choose a viable frame of brood. By the time it's capped or I can see larvae that's too late for them to rear a queen, right?
Thanks in advance