That looks reasonable to me. Is there water nearby for them? I cannot tell if that is a creek to the west, or if it is dry, but they should have some water source available.
If you use plastic foundation in the supers and limit intrusions into the brood area, particularly during July through mid September, you shouldn't have a problem.I had also read concerns about hives getting too hot and combs becoming fragile. These are deep frames, so I'll just have to go slow and be gentle - pretty much a prerequisite anyway.
That's right. The usual mantra regarding SHB is "Put your hives in full sun for lower SHB numbers." While that is good advice the reason for it is often incorrect. It is a common misconception that higher temperatures in hives will reduce the number of SHBs.Many advocate full sun for help against small hive beetles, but I personally have not observed a marked difference in SHB prevalence in partial versus full sun applications.
I think swarm trapping may be one of the most addicting pastimes one can engage in- wait until you catch one... then you'll really be hooked!I keep walking them daily. <grin>
I still get excited when a swarm moves in, and I don't even want more bees. Showing off pictures of one's latest swarm capture is like showing off photos of the grandkids.I think swarm trapping may be one of the most addicting pastimes one can engage in- wait until you catch one... then you'll really be hooked!
It Depends.... Is the north wind strong there? Is there a lot of open space to the north?Hey Grey Goose,
I should have mentioned that North was up on the map, as you, correctly assumed. Do you think the position between #3 & #4 would provide enough protection from the north? I'm actually wanting to stack some rocks across the creek to enhance an existing pool.
Thanks for your thoughts!