Wow! Crazy day...
Just got my observation hive that I had been working on installed this week, hand't even had time to post pictures and do an update to the thread I had started on it. I was working in the workshop today wiring some frames with plans on doing some hive inspections later in the day. Around the time I was getting ready to start my inspections, I walked out to take a look at my hives, something about 20 yards beyond them in a briar patch caught my eye, about 6 feet off the ground, I noticed a dark spot. I thought....hmmm, that kind of looks like a swarm. Upon a closer look, IT WAS!
STOP EVERYTHING, change of plans....weighed a few options, but decided to shake them in a Nuc and load them in my observation hive. I debated letting them settle into the Nuc before putting them in my OH, but I decided, what the heck, no guts no glory...and just decided to load into the OH today. Figured they'll either stay or they won't. :-D
Surprisingly, the load actually went quit well...But one problem has me quit concerned. After bringing it inside, there was about 25 bees or so still buzzing around outside. They never did figure it out and find their way into the entry tube, while at the same time, no bees in the OH ventured out.
Now, my entry tube really is not optimal, it comes out the OH and makes a 90 degree turn upward, then makes a downward turn to the exit hole. The entire run is only about a foot, but they do have a little hill to climb. Nothing that I ever thought for a moment should be a problem....BUt I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I'm wrong.
OR....Hopefully, this may be normal and it may just take them a little time to figure the whole thing out! Figured I'll wait and see what tomorrow brings before I hit the panic button big time.
Thoughts and opinions appreciated! :)