We are steadily heading towards spring in the south of the planet and I have been collecting information about splitting hives and dealing with swarms, or at least imminent swarms.
@Dee and @Dawn_SD have kindly directed me to some excellent articles to work through. Certainly, the WBKA, most especially Wally Shaw, has a cool library of resources. However, I am looking at this article: http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/artswarm.html and really liking it’s simplicity and clear details. However, regarding the weekly shifting of the ‘small’ colony/hive from side to side to get bees drifting back to the limited swarm/parent hive… the article doesn’t mention the new virgin queen getting lost on the way back to the hive after mating and my concern is that she might drift back to the parent colony.
My guess is that she should go out and pretty much straight back to the correct hive. But what if she goes for multiple mating flights over a few days, and in the mean time I shift the hive to the other side of the parent colony?..
Thanks for your thoughts, Paul