"Actually I have! My son lives in Rio Rancho and has prickly pears in his yard. The bees seem to like walking around the pear while it's sweating or diving into a split on the skin and I believe that is where they pick up the color."
"I answered your other post before seeing this. If you have a weak hive and no queen, by all means combine the two. It takes the stress out of trying to start a "new" hive with limited resources and you are almost 100% certain that the…"
"That's exactly what you do with swarms, put them in full size hives. Do you have honey, pollen, and extra brood that you can use to get the new hive started?. It would be the same as if this was a divide that you created! It's good that…"
I've made modification to my first hive. As you can see there are four six inch legs added to the floor board and in the Japanese tradition the hive was lightly burned inside and out.The burning waterproofs the hive, reduces the chemical signature…