Re: shaker box what am i doing wrong?
2 things that i see almost every newby make a hash of. 1, shake frames with a sharp downwards jerk, so the bees go down, not shaked around and launched into flight. 2, work fast. Some folks are so slow that by the time they are finished the process a good portion of the bees have escaped.
If you do see a good body of bees climbing up and about to make it over the top, pick up the box a few inches and smack it down on the ground to knock the bees back down.
But main thing, work fast. To watch a skilled beekeeper do it, you will see a near nonstop shower of bees raining down into the box, frame after quick frame, and the box closed up before they even thought about escaping.
"Thinking Inside The Box"