Hogan trap update with questions
Originally installed one drawn frame and six frames of foundation in my trap two weeks ago. (I had no open brood at the time.) Yesterday I removed seven fully drawn frames that were full of honey and nectar, and, one piece of comb they had drawn from the lid I cut out and tied into an empty frame. I also got about 4 or 5 pounds of bees with them. I replaced those with a frame of brood, and six frames of foundation. I plan to go back and check to see what they are up to in a couple of days. I'm hoping the queen from the tree will start to use the trap for brood, instead of storage.
Question: I now have a queenless, confused box of bees, milling about my apiary. Should I go ahead and give them a new queen or wait a day or two before giving her to them?
Note: For others thinking about doing this kind of trap out, consider how you are going to get your equipment back and forth from the tree/structure the bees call their home. My tree is down a pretty good hill you have to walk to. That 10 pound hive box was pretty easy
to take down, but loaded with 60 pounds of honey and angry bees was not as much fun to bring back up.
Integrity - Doing the right thing when no one is watching.