Quantcast

Warre Hives.

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

Joined
May 29, 2010
Messages
6,214
Reaction score
0
Location
Norwich
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
3 National Hives & 1 Observation Hive.(Indoors) & lots of empty boxes..
Interested to hear how other members got thier bees into a Warre hive.
 

Brosville 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 29, 2008
Messages
3,132
Reaction score
0
Location
uk
Hive Type
tbh
Number of Hives
4
The classic way is using a swarm - with two boxes, remove several of the bars from the top box, and spread some fresh grass over the bars mounted at the top of the box below (to act as a shock absorber), then position the skep/box over the top, and give it a whack or two until the bees are in the hive - replace the bars, add the quilt and roof, job done!
 

oliver90owner 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
15,628
Reaction score
27
Location
Lincolnshire
Hive Type
14x12
I think the 'classic way' would be to run the swarm into the entrance (in the evening, preferably, as less likely to immediately abscond).

Sloping board, white sheet, invert skep or box to get bees on sheet, watch them (and see the queen, most likely) crawl up into the entrance.

More 'classic' than just dumping the bees in the top of the hive (which I often do, BTW).

Regards, RAB
 

Chris Luck 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jun 29, 2010
Messages
2,538
Reaction score
0
Location
Vienne, 86400, France
Hive Type
dadant
Number of Hives
Less than 100
See the Queen walk up? I've never seen the Queen walk up, surely she is smuggled in and not the first to go? Otherwise I prefer to walk them in, but I guess I just enjoy watching them. As far as absconding goes, I just screw a Hornet grill across the entrance for a couple of days to keep the Queen at home.

Chris
 

oliver90owner 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
15,628
Reaction score
27
Location
Lincolnshire
Hive Type
14x12
I've never seen the Queen walk up, surely she is smuggled in and not the first to go?

Certainly not the first to go, but to suggest she is 'smuggled in' is totally wrong. She will not be covered by worker bees, so will walk over them if not with them. Easy to spot if one is observant. A virgin or a scrub queen may be more difficult, but still easy enough usually. After all, they are spread out over a large area and can take some time to enter the new premises.

Regards, RAB
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
2,433
Reaction score
0
Location
Kingsbridge, South Devon
Hive Type
none
Number of Hives
0 - Now in beeless retirement!
I've seen queens walk in, it is easiest to spot them when they are a different colour to the rest of the bees.
 

Hivemaker. 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
14,310
Reaction score
7
Location
Exmoor.
Hive Type
national
Rab i agree with you,the queen can often be seen walking in with the rest of the bee's when hiving in the traditional/classic way,providing the person who is doing the looking knows what a queen looks like of course. I have heard that the AHB will smuggle a queen into an already occupied hive though.
 

Chris Luck 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jun 29, 2010
Messages
2,538
Reaction score
0
Location
Vienne, 86400, France
Hive Type
dadant
Number of Hives
Less than 100
There you go, must be me then or something odd about the bees in this region, a bit like the big "V" thing.

Chris
 
Joined
May 29, 2010
Messages
6,214
Reaction score
0
Location
Norwich
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
3 National Hives & 1 Observation Hive.(Indoors) & lots of empty boxes..
I know how I did it but what did others do who bought their bees in a national nuc?
 

Latest posts

Top