trap out in progress, and Q's
doing a trap out for my 6th grade Math teacher. I'm 34 now and a teacher myself.
Their house is concrete block, so we went with trapping out rather than cutting out. Now, I've just celebrated year one with bees, and know just enough to cause some trouble. I've got three hives going at home.
The trapout is under an eve, with a gutter/downspout just in place to be in the way. I squeezed a 5-frame NUC into place, with a frame of brood as bait. After 6 days, mostly of rain, I pulled the NUC out, checked it- it has 3 full frames of bees. Wire cone is full of traffic. It looks like there is a good number of bees here.
At what point should I pull the frames of bees off the trap, to keep depopulating the hive in the wall? When comb is drawn, or when bees are there? Is it wise to add a new frame of brood?
With the NUC frames, what are decent options for adding to an existing hive for a fall flow build up?