I went up to S Miss. Where a workmate had an old water heater with a hive. I've brought it home and am trying to do something with it.
I put some PVC pipes in the openings. The intent is to get them used to entering hive thru the pipe for a couple weeks. So far they r not liking it. Will give them tomorrow to figure it out. If they still are not entering thru the pipe I will have to figure out a plan B.
If they do continue to enter hive thru pipe, I will drill hole in side of a langstroth hive and place the pipe in the hole and plug the other.
The intent is to make them work so hard to enter exit hive that they will start building on the foundation of the new hive and not try to enter the water heater/old hive. Here are some pics. Any advice is greatly appreciated as I am a complete NewBee! Pardon the pun