Before I finish, I will have a well built top-bar hive, a hand-made suit with gloves and everything I need except BEES for about $100. What can I say - I know how to do stuff. However, I am VERY glad for this forum and my classes to make sure I don’t just have a hive full of dead bees. I got classes by barter. I bought “The Bee Keeper’s Handbook” for the class and I just ordered “Top-Bar Beekeeping”. For fun, I got a borescope (endescope) from eBay for $22. I plan to use it to inspect the hive through small holes with little disturbance to the bees AND make a few videos.
Now I need a swarm. All the instructions say I would have to spend more money to get special supplies to trap the swarm so I can bring it home and put it into my top-bar hive. Why can’t I simply use my hive w/o the bars with the entrances/exits blocked. It has VERY good ventilation with 1/8" hardware cloth covering holes at the top and across the open bottom. My plan is to simply place the combs, making sure it includes the queen, into the hive “box” to transport them to their new home. When I get there, I smoke them, locate the comb with the queen and use a stitching awl with waxed twine to gently sew through the top of the comb. Then I support the comb as close to the bottom of the third bars as possible and repeat for one or two combs on 2 and 4 for the brood. I’ve heard the bees repair damaged combs, so I would expect them to make the attachment to the top bar quickly. My partition would stay in place for the short time it takes them to start the brood.
Does this plan sound like I can pull it off and stay CHEAP?
What are some ways to find a swarm?