Starting new observation hive
Just got a 4 frame medium observation hive. Stained, hooked up to exit and ready to go. I do have a couple questions.
1. I am going to put a very small hive in from a queen castle. I put a shut off valve on the exit tubing. If I keep them locked up 3 days will they reorient? ( they are only moving about 100 ft from their original site). The new exit is behind banana trees that cover a 2nd story window, they were out in the open, so I hope the sudden appearance of all the foliage will cause reorienting
2. What about the winter? I can't find a lot of info about this. Will they be okay in a house with their exit closed on cold days?? Of course I will feed.
Re: Starting new observation hive
Moving bee less than 2 miles is always iffy, some times it works out some times it don't. I would have moved them to an out yard a couple miles away a few weeks ago. then moved them back. you can do that still I would advise leaving them there at least 3 days. and that can still be iffy.
As far as being in the house there is no need to shut the entrance. as the bees will not fly if weather is not suitable. just leave the exit open that way if winter conditions permit exercise flights the bees will be able to utilize it.