Nice sized new colony there, great job JP, good to see you back in action
How is it shaking bees into a hive at night? Does it pose any additional challenges?
Unless you use the Bushkill vac by Robo you have no choice but to shake the bees either late in the removal on location (if the queen is caged) or shake them in at dark. I often shake them after dark on the tail gate of my truck. Any additional challenges? As opposed to what, shaking them in the day light I presume?
The main challenge is getting them to run in so you can put the top cover on. Most go willingly some are stubborn as all heck!
This particular hive was stubborn in that they just wanted to stay on the outside of the deep & medium set up. I smoked them several times over the course of 30 minutes or so and still had at least 100 on the outside when I decided to just put the top cover on.
In fact a good many that were left out wound up congregating on the bee vac inner box the queen was in. That was actually what led me to believe she was in there.