Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!
I am brand new and have just installed a standard GA package into a top bar hive. In total, my apiary has a hex hive, 2 top bar hives, and 2 Langs. (check out my photo album in my profile if you want to see the setup) The other 4 hives should all get filled with feral local bees that I have arranged to remove or trap out.
#1 - Since the GA package presumably came from 5.4 mm foundation, how long will it take for them to regress to ~4.9? Should I checkerboard the brood nest any this first year to allow them to regress more, or leave it alone until next year?
#2 - My hives are in ski country WV, at around 2900' elevation. Am I accurate in assuming their chances of survival are low, regardless of my practices?
#3 - My package is drawing comb like a machine, and have been in the hive for 1 week today. When should I expect to see eggs and brood? (I haven't really looked yet. The only thing done was to refill the feeder with syrup, and make sure the first couple of combs they started were straight and on the bars.)
Thank you for offering you time and knowledge.
John Sampson-Tucker County, WV
Starting over. >Back up to 9 hives! All cutouts and swarms.