My second cut out went into the first hive I built. I kept it at my Mom's property out of the city since I live where backyard beekeeping isn't allowed. The colony didn't survive for more reasons than i need to go into, so I cleaned it out and took it home since I decided to put hardware cloth in the bottom. My original design was done to "chimney" the air for good circulation since we have 100+degree heat where I live. I just set it in the front yard until I could get to the modification.
Today we found new activity at the entrances toward the front. The front has a landing pad with an entrance limited in height and at floor level. The side entrance is also at floor level. It looks like a swarm may be moving in, but I don't even want to peek inside for awhile. I've had a hell of a time getting a start this year. You see, I've built three hives and got my gear for less than $100 and I decided to try and save bees that would otherwise be destroyed because they were in the wrong place. Two were from water meters.
My question is: If the bees establish themselves in this hive, how can I move it back to my Mom's property after a couple of weeks without risking loss? Will the solid bottom mean doom because of possibility of mites?
I just feel so lucky, but the hive has to beloved if this swarm makes this hive-in-the-city it's HOME.