Wasn't really room, in a fairly dense wood on a steep slope. Jammed base of ladder into next tree base. was fairly sturdy!
I put a layer of fondant on top of OMF on tinfoil, and another load above them on cover board opening. Insulation in roof to keep warmth in. Leaving in peace to settle. They have thrown out a few dead bees, so tidying, and some wax dropping through floor, so feeding and sorting.. Fingers crossed now.
Yes, far too late for syrup, really. Would ferment. Just pile in fondant.Well done on the hiving!
I would just skip syrup though. It's pretty cold now (in Yorkshire anyway) and they might struggle to get it in storable form. Fondant should make their life easier?
Housekeeping is always a good sign. Fingers crossed as you say.I put a layer of fondant on top of OMF on tinfoil, and another load above them on cover board opening. Insulation in roof to keep warmth in. Leaving in peace to settle. They have thrown out a few dead bees, so tidying, and some wax dropping through floor, so feeding and sorting.. Fingers crossed now.
It’s a shame they didn‘t let them build a hive - if they had we’d know whether they prefer Langstroth or poly.Heather, they could have done with you when this swarm settled on a commercial flight boarding to take off from Kolkata.
They used water cannon to disperse it
Then the next day the swarm settled on another plane. Again firefighters called out to deploy water cannon.
“Within minutes, lots of bees had settled on the plane as though ready to build a hive,” a Vistara spokesperson told The Times of India.
Hope they make it through the winter.Well.. the tree rescue colony... all tucked up in a Nuc.
I initially rubber banded all frames from the rescue into frames, in a National, to save as much stores as possible. They settled, but there was quite a tidying exercise for them. Weather against them foraging so they had fondant on. Too cold for me to intrude to check for a while , but this weekend I reassessed.
Now, due to the reduction of numbers, they will be warmer in the poly Nuc, . but queen seen, and bees very gentle despite their upheaval. As numbers lower and they have a hill to metaphorically climb. I popped in a pollen pattie. so they may have a decent diet.
The lengths we go to in order to try and preserve bees that quite obviously have very little in the way of self preservation genes ... I hope they survive and I would have done the same but ... Darwin would probably have left them to get on with it and either die out or get stronger !Me too... think they have a good chance... but on the tree, with vertical comb, they were stuffed! Rain, rain rain..