Had a open air hive dumped by a neighbors dead end street in a cardboard box. It has all its workers & looks like a queen as 3day open larvae in the basketball bridged combed hive. Most comb is light tan & white & trying to cut it out would most likely crumple much comb & consequently brood & maybe queen. Pruned as much of the branches off & put in middle of friends deep lang w/ some foundationed frames either side then put on roof. I can forsee much comb being built under lid & the ball of the hive being bridged in odd ways to the deep foundationed frames. Was hoping to, when bees move to lang frames, move drarn out frames w/ queen to new box below & place open air hive ball of comb above w/ a queen excluder below to hopefully have the olde open air hive become the honey area. Has anyone tried this w/ any success? As always an adventure in beekeeping.
Citrus popping much this week. Just lured in 2 swarms this week in olde equipment, a friend lured one in as well. Swarm season in full swing in southern California.
Cheers, Apis M R
Looks exciting and effective.. SO can you give a short review on this new beekeeping method as I would love to try it..