- Mar 28, 2020
- Reaction score
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- More than twelve less than sixteen
I introduced my very first swarm, donated to me by Ceri Davis (Davies?) a bee inspector back in the early 80s into a brand new pine broodbox with empty frames (just one old comb donated by Ceri) and shook the bees out in front. I swelled with pride as they all marched in on one side of the entrance - beekeeping was going to be so easy! Then they marched out of the other side of the entrance and flew up into a hedge. That was 1983 and I vaguely suppose I shook them back into the hive and shut them in for a couple of days. Anyway, the point is they really didn’t like the new home-made pine box.That’s odd…. I suspect the vast majority of us use pine frames and indeed many hive bodies are made of pine. In fact in some countries Pine would be the norm for hive construction.
I’ve not seen any reporting issues with bees entering or using boxes or even frames?