JP, LOL, some days my family may think I am the wicked witch! :-D
1reb,TwT,and JT thanx for the warm welcome. And here's some questions for ya. Once a upon a time on a 100* degree day, my ungrateful bees swarmed. Flew up into the high branches of a very tall tree, hung out a while, and then flew back to the hive. Why would the girls change their game plan and come back? Too hot?
Thinking I was meant to rehive this potential swarm- ( I did happen to be home to see this event), my daughter and I rigged a temp hive, put all the old frames w/ brood ect ('cept the one with the queen) and about 10% of the bees into the new hive. The old hive we put new frames, undrawn foundation, the queen's frame, and the rest of the bees. Think we'll have a happy ending? It appears that the honey flow is still on.
The new temp hive doesn't have an inner cover? Will that be a problem? It also doesn't have a bottom board. We're using a window screen until we can get something more suitable. How long should you wait after painting new hive equipment before you can use the woodenware with the bees? I would hate for the ladies to want to split just cause they had stinky accomodations.
thanx for any insight or condolences,