- Jan 27, 2013
- Reaction score
- Chorlton, Manchester
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- 3 + 1 Observation Hive
iagree: we need to not go in until it gets warmer lost heat and stress for the girls remember we could do more harm than goodYou don't need to open the hive to do that.
It is actually best to obtain a sample of older bees - foragers.
When the bees are flying for foraging (avoid peak orientation flight occasions), close up the entrance so the bees can't get in. Wait a few minutes and you will have lots of bees trying to get back inside.
Take your sample from those returning foragers.
And don't forget to reopen the hive entrance!