Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites
Thanks for the observations in this thread. They have been very informative and helpful.
I have been seeing behavior in and around some empty, but previously used, equipment that struck me as scouting. It seems a bit early but I thought maybe they were planning for the future. (My bees are in the middle of their first major brood-up of the spring and no drones around yet.) The scouting is just up to a few bees at a time and I am pretty sure they aren't from my hives. They are pretty much black whereas one of mine is an old gold and the other leather colored. They also fly away over my house which is the opposite direction from my hives. When they fly away they circle first like they are trying to fix the location. I added Q-Tips with queen juice and LGO around midday and interest seemed to amp up a little. I've got a few old combs in the one nuc that is getting the most interest, none in the other but it is getting a little traffic too. I had my first hive inside replacing the screened bottom with a solid one and putting new legs on it. I got that done, put it back out today,and threw some lure in for the heck of it. The other two are 10 and 8 bar KTBH nucs so they are pretty small. I plan to take the hive out to a friends place and set it up there in a week or two but maybe I should wait at least two weeks (based on what Adam observed) to see if anything wants a bigger home. I was just going to bait it there anyway, with the plan to install an early split if no swarms start homesteading.
3rd yr - 1 KTBH & 4 KTBH nucs - TF - USDA Zn 6b