We have been hoping to catch a swarm to get our Flow Hive started, and the time is now right. Too right in fact.
Yesterday my neighbour had bees coming and going from under his eaves and asked me for help. The best I could manage was to put a bit of lemongrass essential oil into my still bee-less brood box and leave it near where they were coming and going in the hope they would decide the box was a better option than the cavity they’d found. There wasn’t all that much activity and not really a lot of bees, maybe 50 or so.
By the late afternoon there was zero bee activity in the box, and as they had visitors coming in a day or two he decided he’d get them “removed” by the pest guy in the morning, so I took the box back home not wanting it in the vicinity of whatever that involves… I plonked it in my covered clothesline/potting area on my way through and forgot to move it to it’s forever home before dark.
This morning I found a bit of activity, maybe 50 or so bees were moving in and out of the box. This afternoon there’s a LOT of activity. It’s now almost 4 pm (sunset is in two hours’ time) and I intend to close the entrance once they’re all in and move it (about 50 metres) to where it belongs. I have three questions:
Will this confuse the bees when they come out in the morning?
Is there something I need to do to make sure they re-orientate to the new position?
Also, the cotton-bud with the lemongrass oil is still inside the hive, do I need to take it out?
Any advice tonight will be greatly appreciated. Sorry if this has been covered already, I have two dogs I now must walk and can’t sit here searching for answers.
Yay, finally getting going with the Flow HIve!