Rolf Olsson wrote:This advise I now give you is maybe not legal in your state or country but try to find the queen and cut her wings so she can not leave her new home.Give them food,sugar water 50-50.
Mike Barkley wrote:I would NOT cut the queen's wings. Finding her would likely be difficult anyway.
Unless you know for sure there is honey in the combs they will need to be fed. 50/50 sugar water as Rolf suggested.
What kind of bees are these? I suspect they are not the apis mellifera we have in the US. That could be a factor. Transferring loose apis mellifera bees from a bin to a hive is not exactly precise & elegant. Just carefully pour most of them into their new home. Leave the bin open & near the hive so the stragglers can join the main group. Shortly before dark is considered the best time. They are less likely to leave at that time.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:Is dumping or scooping more advisable for moving them?
tel jetson wrote:the only time I've seen honey bees underground was in or next to some sort of structure. but my experience with honey bees in Africa is extremely limited, so that may well be very common there. in North America, bumble bees are far more likely to be ground nesting than honey bees. they do make comb, but not large colonies like honey bees.
tel jetson wrote:makes sense. is there a tradition of keeping beehives below grade?
tel jetson wrote:in general, the best way to bait a swarm is to approximate as closely as possible ideal conditions for the colony. in your case, it sounds like that's generally underground or at least earth-sheltered in some way. does that seem doable?