not too sure yet about the queen, I do have a small hive in a nuc I could combine, and my next trip out to the trap out I will bring some blocks to lift the hive a bit, I had 10 foot 2x4s and the platforms at its max height lol
no drones here at all, wont the bees just enter the nuc and kill the hive? like a rob out? or do I just take the nuc put the frames from it into the brood box and the workers that are trapped out just gonna move into it and not kill the queen? never tried this before
They can't rob it out, no where to take the new found bounty. The nuc bees will accept them since they are returning with a full load of goodies and are wanting to unload so they can make another trip out.
Yep if you use a Nuc or weak hive on a trap out you end up with a co-op, honeybees don't go around looking for a queen to kill (unless they are Cape bees which we don't have yet). Just be ready for the Nuc or weak hive to boom on you as you may end up with a couple of pounds of extra bees over a night or two. Jim
I took the frames out of the nuc and added them to a full size brood box I am using for the trap out, plenty of room for the added bees, I did it this way cause the trapouts so far away I didnt want to risk runnin outa room, gonna be checking this 1 every 2 weeks.
Box is about 3/4 full and bees still coming out of the cone not real fast though, so we might be coming to the end in a week or so, I saw alot of pollen but not alot of honey in the box, I might have to feed them the next time I go up. also picked up another trapout not too far from this 1.
My guess is it isn't done. Only 4 weeks. She may not have foragers coming out, but she still has house bees and new ones emerging daily. Give it a week and she will have new foragers if you didn't seal it up so they can't get out.
Took my 1st real good look around today in the hive, I Im letting them build some of there own comb and they have built half of 1 frame with all drone comb and caught the queen there laying eggs, from what I have seen she misses very few cells :yahoo: