Re: Swarm traps and rain
Our local bee year is not the same like every year. This year is unusually wet with lots of rains. So the
swarm season got pushed back to at least in mid-April. When it rains at blooming time like now, it is time
to start feeding your bees. Chances are to collect some early honey is close to nil. If things will be blooming around
April then you will have a good chance of catching a swarm and collect some honey too. Right now is too early with the rains and all. Good to build up the bee population for some later foraging if things are blooming your way.
About the swarm trap, drill some small holes at the bottom channeling the water out of the rear where the wood strip meet
the bottom board. Put a small piece of dry grass in the holes to unclog the hole for the water to drain outside. Also slightly tilting the hive box forward will allow the rains to drain out too.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?