I never thought I'd be a beekeeper, but now I am... go figure
Here's my story:
So on Thursday, May 25th 2017, a swarm of bees decided to land on the sidewalk in front of my house.
I'd been reading about the importance of honey bees and the die offs in recent years, and couldn't find the heart to kill them all. Yet I couldn't leave them on the sidewalk either, as my kids could have been stung, so I did some research and decided to try and entice them into a pine wine box I had laying around with some sugar water.
I came back to check a few hours later, and most of them decided to move into the wine box! I swept up the remaining stragglers with a broom and dustpan and dumped them into the box with their friends. Not one sting!
Now on to my problem, and some questions for the user community:
The bees have been actively building inside the wine box for the last 7 days. They are massing in the top left hand corner of the box.
My Flowhive doesn't arrive until tomorrow (Saturday, June 3rd, 2017).
- When I get my Flowhive, what steps should I take to ensure that they're moved over successfully?
- Should I attempt to move whatever honeycomb they've already built into the new hive, or should I just move the bees/queen over?
*The wine box beehive is currently in my front yard. I want to set up my Flowhive in my back yard, over 250 feet away. I've read that you shouldn't move them once they're familiar with an area, but I have little choice - they cannot remain in my front yard. Will this be OK, or are there any steps I need to take to make the transition smoother?
*I read that swarm-captured bees may be of inferior genetic stock. I just spent a boatload of money on my Flowhive, and I don't want to risk it with inferior bees. Should I order bees from a professional beekeeper to fill up my Flowhive, or should I take the chance with these bees? Is there any way to tell if these bees are bad/inferior, or carry any diseases such as AFB?
- Is it true that I'll have to burn my Flowhive if AFB is found? Even the Flow Super? How do you guys protect your investment from AFB?