I plan to start up at least 5 new hives over the next two months. My plan is to catch swarms to start hives if I can. This week I am making half a dozen 5 frame nuc boxes to get me started. Does anyone have any tips about how to best set them up to catch a swarm? I know about the drop of lemongrass oil…
One question I have is: do I leave a nuc box full of empty frames- or just put one frame in- or- Is it best to have a frame of foundation- or five frames with foundation? Or just starter strips? I was hoping to put a drawn comb in each box but was told that is illegal in Australia (plus I don’t have any drawn combs anyway).
I am kind of hoping I can get away with leaving each box with just one frame in it- then keep an eye on them and add more frames when a swarm moves in. Does that work?
I plan to place the nuc boxes up high where I can- I have read the 3 meters above ground is ideal- not sure I will be able to manage that in every case but I should be able to position some on top of my shed and similar places.