adding bees to mating nuk
Last week I brought home a frame from a harvester/trap out that was loaded full of bees, and they had capped queen cells on the frame--which is why I brought it home. I have it in a 5 frame nuk-- that frame, a frame that had about half capped honey (I'd cut out half for comb honey) and an empty drawn frame to keep up against the other 2 frames for containment. I have a robber screen on the nuk.
My math tells me that if they survived the move and if bees didn't tear down cells, they will emerge no later than tomorrow. I'd like to add more bees to the mix.
I'm thinking a frame of bees from another hive. Or a shake of bees, not sure that's what I'm asking.
At this point, what would be the safest way to add bees to the mix? I'm leaning towards a frame with different stages of brood and its adhering bees? Spray with sugar water? Set them apart from their original hive for a few hours before adding so they don't kill queen?
I don't know how queen rearing will even go this time of year. I'm going to watch for drone population around the nuk because last time I had queen cells in a castle at this same spot, I knew when there was a virgin queen because of all the drones hanging out at the box. I don't even know if the queen cells are ok right now because I haven't looked since I moved them here.
I sure would like to take a peek.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
March 2010; +/- 50 hives, TF