Re: Small wild Hive getting smaller
I do not see any one mentioning reducing the entrance size, fabricating & installing a robber screen, or covering the screened bottom board ( the bees think they have to defend it as well as the entrance).
I also do not see reducing the size of the hive to match the number of bees.
If you had combs, you would want the bees to cover 80% of them not such an issue if you are using foundation less frames ( which is a whole 'nother controversy
I use a follower or divider board to crowd the bees together some.
Like I said earlier, the details can get overwhelming...
Good luck .... CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.