Brand new beekeeper here, as of 2 months ago. And, I’m right in the deep end of beekeeping. My hive split, and half the hive moved into our (people) house about 3 days ago. I was researching how to do a trap out, and just put up the funnel last night after a few days of blocking other holes and making them use one entrance (into our house). I put the empty nuc box with frames, sugar water feeder, and even a little pollen patty right next to the end of the funnel and they have been going in and out of the box. I do not think I have brood to give this hive, so worry that it may not lure them in. I’m willing to buy another queen if I’m successful in getting most out.
My existing hive, that lives in their beehive, has some capped brood cells and had some queen cells that appear to have hatched. If I do have a new queen in that hive, she isn’t laying yet, so I do worry about that hive too. I plan on looking for her again tomorrow. Currently the population is pretty good in that hive, but I know that can change fast. I’ve been talking with the local beekeeper that I purchased the nuc from on what to do with them.
Any input is welcome! I’ve been trying to educate myself as much as possible, and would love to hear from others.