This is my first post as a brand new beekeeper and member of the Beemaster Forum!
Last Sunday I installed a package of bees into the TBH I built earlier in the month. A friend of mine installed his the week before and his bees swarmed and took off in 4 days
but he acknowledged that he bothered them too much and didn't seal off any of the entrances.
So that tipped me off that to use a queen excluder. These are 4.9mm bees, so I sealed off all entrances to the hive but one and attached a square of #4 hardware cloth (with drywall screws for easy removal). Lots of dead bees at the entrance now which I think is normal, but I'm afraid it's going to get clogged. I am thinking about picking them out with a long tweezer. Is this an OK thing to do? So far there is a lot of activity even though it has been cool and rainier here than normal (GA), and the girls have been very tolerant of me. I can see up into the hive from below (screened bottom board) that they are already drawing comb from three or four bars next to where the queen cage is. I plan to remove the queen cage and hardware cloth in a few days. Suggestions or ideas from anyone would be appreciated!!
Thanks much ~