I've managed to get 10 colleagues at work to site one of my 'bait hives' in each of their gardens. Reward is a jar of honey if successful. Choice of home was based on location, location, location. Surprising how willing peolpe are to have a hive in their garden.
This is my first attempt at bait hives- all have one old brood comb and a few drops of lemon grass oil.
Got some today - there is a health type shop in the town here, it's called "Herbies", I think.
Slopped drops of the stuff on the frames and on the entrance block, keeping a furtive lookout, just in case a gang of Bee's arrived to mug me - well, you never know, it's supposed to be good stuff, according to what I read up on the Internet last night, after I heard about it on here!
Reminds me of when I kept Bee's before, a few years ago.
I had a couple of WBC's, with Bee's, about one and a half miles away, and I'd been given a National, empty.
Strictly speaking, I'd been given several bit's of National, from two different sources, and I'd been cleaning them and standing them outside the shed, in no particular order, except that there was a floor at the bottom, and then several supers, a couple of brood boxes, and a roof.
They were not even stacked "properly", they were a bit staggered - but the Bee's found them!
I came home to find my neighbour almost jumping up and down with excitement, she said, "There's been a massive flight of Bee's, all streaking straight into those bits of hive near your shed - there were thousands of them - you're ever so clever!"
I thought "No I'm not - I'm just b----y lucky, but don't let on!"
So I know that "The system" works, just thought that it only worked with the smell of wax, pollen, and honey.
Nuc boxes,travel boxes cardboard boxes anything will do if its got a bit of old comb and maybe some lemongrass in it,you may even get away with a frame of foundation.
I use travel boxes £30 each from Thornes(I purchased them to collect swarms in I am telephoned about as they are safe in the car with the kids) but very easy to make,plus I use any empty hives and Nuc boxes I have around.
Thanks for that - I bought my (only!) National hive in early June last year and was too late to get hold of a swarm, so I obtained some old brood frame and stuck it out hoping for a passing swarm....alas, nothing transpired.
However, I'll give it a go again this year with a nuc box and some lemongrass oil!