If it’s not too late… I just might try your great idea. I should have thot of that but don’t ! I’ve got one very small colony cluster in a larger ten frame Langstroth … They got hit late in the early winter n got thru the snow n winter but seem to be dwindling as winter bees slowly die off.
. Here’s my 10 framer … Bees when I looked last seem to be a small cluster on part of the middle frame n dab on both frames at either side. I don’t have a poly-Nuc but new 5 frame Nuc’s n one Obserser box.
These boxes n parts are all at my disposal !
I have one deep frame full of honey on one side. The observer Nuc’s would be the easier to control the entrance I think. This would help control any possible robbing.
. Here’s my last frame of honey.
I could wrestle thru my two die-outs n see if I have a pollen frame as well. The would give them both honey n pollen.
We are suppose to get one or two days of milder temps either this Thursday or Friday (maybe bọt). Thật would be the day I could safely pull off the switch about mid-day when it’s warmest.
I believe if I can loosen the center three frame together n lift together that would allow the least disturbances. Then side the honey frame as one wall frame n a pollen frame on other side as a second wall frame opposite side. Hmmm, just might work if they’re not too far over the proverbial HILL.
What do you think Dee n others reading… I’d sure like to SAVE good old “Birch Hive” if possible.
Any thots are surely welcome !!!