I'm not worried about it. Slightly amused, mildly curious, somewhat amazed. I can't handle 28 swarms. It will be cool to catch one, some day.I would not worry about it.
To each his/her own location (and whatever comes with it).
Just do your best.
Where in Minden are you located? What size is the entrance to your swarm traps?I'm not worried about it. Slightly amused, mildly curious, somewhat amazed. I can't handle 28 swarms. It will be cool to catch one, some day.
I set up two empty hives on my property, one with my 3 hives, one at the opposite corner of my property. So, extremely minimal effort on my part yielded no results. No surprise or worry there.
Yes. We keep an excluder above the third box and stay out of the bottom three boxes. Our second, and generally last, pull of the year is between July 4th and Labor Day. Later within that time frame is better because it leaves less concern for stores during the dearth. After we pull, we put wet supers on starter hives to bring them up to three boxes. We may or may not add an empty wet super back on a production hive depending on the number of bees in that hive and depending on whether we already left a super with uncapped honey on the hive. The hives are generally packed full of stores from goldenrod and aster by All Saints Day when we pull off the excluders for winter. I like a tightly packed hive for winter.many thanks for the update david.
during the honey flow is a queen excluder placed above the 3 lower boxes that you leave undisturbed for the bees to use as they wish?