With Dallas County (Texas) doing mass insecticide spraying for West Nile - I decided that it was time last week to get my bees out of the city - and added my city-hives to my country hives last Friday evening.
This was my first time to move the hives - so I've got a few questions about the logistics of moving them.
I waited til dusk Friday to close up the hives - however there were still a LOT of foragers returning to the hives after I had blocked them closed, and was moving them onto the trailer. For the 6 moved hives - I'm guessing there were several thousand bees in the air at the old locations of each of their moved hives.
On Monday (today) when I returned to the city - it looks like there are a lot of them still here - and have taken up shelter in an empty nuc in one of my sheds that has my empty/extra equipment. Just leave them and let them die off in their normal life cycle?
How many bees are typically "left behind" when moving hives?