I am giving a swarm to friends from another area as a part thank-you for something they did for me.
I have the option of 2 swarms I could pass on, each of which will have been on 2 Warré boxes for 1-2 weeks by Sat when I see them when they come to a Gareth’s training day being held here on Sat.
Given they will probably take the bees to go home after the training (between 5 and 7 pm), well before dusk, should I:
a. lock the bees in the night before so they are all aboard but trapped in all day? They will be on a travelling floor which is ventilated – I use this floor for swarm catching – see it here.
b. leave them flying and hope that any out foraging when they take the hive will migrate to the neighbour hive 3 feet away?
I have the option of either of 2 new colonies to pass on – the first which is larger I’m pretty sure issued from one of my own colonies, the 2nd which is a good size yet not as big was caught in Weston-super-Mare so it’s from outside my immediate area.
My thinking is mixed in that keeping the first (my bees) would mean I was keeping bees that are truly locally adapted, but on the other hand would I be better keeping the Weston bees to add to my local gene mix?
(the 2 options – click to enlarge)
If the answer to Q 1 is a. then it may probably be best to let the Weston bees go as they are a smaller swarm so could better survive being locked in for a day, especially if it’s warm?