Questions for cold-climate beekeepers
I am posting this here because the bee section on GardenWeb is really dead and I do think there are several experienced beekeepers here.
I am in the process of a trap-out from a dying tree. I have put a hive box with foundation and some formed comb next to the hive in the tree. The trap and hive have been in place for 3 days now and the bees are coming and going from the box hive at a pretty good rate. I am planning on waiting two weeks to take down the box hive. I have found a source for a frame of brood and am planning on buying a queen from R. Weaver Apiaries (I wanted one from Zia but they don't respond to my emails or phone calls).
My first question is where to place the hive once I bring it home. We have on a rare occasion gotten 36" if snow. Should I place the hive high enough that they will have air circulation in this depth of snow? Will cinder blocks be okay?
Second: Is my timing on the trap-out okay; with waiting two weeks, then moving them, then adding the queen with a frame of brood? I have put swarm lure in and left a bottle of lemon grass oil in the hive to hopefully calm them.
After this I plan to put another hive in the tree and wait another two weeks then take those bees. Then I plan to cut the branch with the hive down while it is supported by ropes to keep it from hitting too hard. I hope to be able to find the original queen and move the comb and brood with the second hive.
I've been reading and studying for more than 3 years off and on. Now that I have a hive on the property that I inherited I want to save them for myself, as the tree must come down. I have purchased all the necessary paraphernalia.