Has anybody tried making a WBC type outer hive that can accommodate a Nation inner hive? It seems to me that apart from the stacking dismantled hives on an upturned roof platform problem, this combination would benefit from the advantages of both types of hive.
If you let me have your email address, I'll send you a copy of a couple of ideas that I was recently given. These traps are perported to catch about 200 wasp a day. I lost two colonies last year under exactly the same contiditions that you are experiencing.
Don't know how to post a photo! I have place the Nation brood box directly on top of the Langstroth, so that the back edges coincide. I have made sure that the National box is sitting so that the sides are just coincident enough to keep the bees in. At the front there is a srip about two...
I have just acquire a swarm that was housed in a Langstroth hive. Has anybody any experience of transfering a colony consisting of sealed brood, open brood, eggs and stores from a Langstroth hive into a National hive?
I'm improvising at the moment and hoping that they will "move up". All help...
My only instant thought is, try using wooden hives with a large brick on top. When I was taught beekeeping in Scotland this was standard practice. I twont deter the determined, but does save from casual damage, including high winds.
Hi Folks, Just joined the Forum. Just restocked my Hives (2). Lost everything due to wasp attack last autumn. Been keeping bees for about 40 years on and off. (lived abroad twice,so no bees). looking forward to a productive year.