Adam Lehn wrote:Would you recommend trying to domesticate a swarm of wild bees with the hopes that they would be healthy and most fit for the local climate, and therefore most resilient against local mites?
Jay Angler wrote:1. time of year
Jay Angler wrote:2. signs to look for
Jay Angler wrote:3. should the "mini" be near the wild nest, near where the wild bees are feeding etc.
Jay Angler wrote:4. how would one know if he'd captured a wild swarm or a domestic?
Jay Angler wrote:5. How high off the ground should the 'mini' be placed or does it matter?
Jay Angler wrote:6. is there a size for the 'mini' you'd recommend? I was thinking two feet long with matching top bars, but thinner wood than the large one I'm planning, because I'm small and need things to not be too heavy to manage.
Jay Angler wrote:And most important, once you've got a wild swarm in your mini:
1. how do you get it moved to your full sized top-bar hive
Jay Angler wrote:2. is there a best time to do the move
Jay Angler wrote:These may seem like goofy questions, but I've never done any of this before. I've got wood marked for my first top-bar hive, but haven't managed to get to the next step due to other priorities. I think that part of my hesitation to build is uncertainty about managing the next steps. Bees are under such pressure, I want to be successful and not put bees at more risk.