Catch a spring swarm generally the only way to increase your Japanese honey bee colonies . Hive splitting, requeening are just something you just really won’t hear Japanese beeks talking about.
For the past four years I have been using the yellow margin orchid which releases 3-Hydroxyoctanoic acid to signal Japanese honey bees. I honestly have know idea why it does this, or what benefits the orchid gets and getting the orchid to flower when I want it to is always a major headache. With my painkillers running low I have decided to purchase artificial traps this year and see how they work.
I think this is the first spring that I have been this ready, ready for the wild Japanese honey bees to swarm.
I have enough hives built for seventy new colonies, seventy… Have I gone crazy? …. Maybe! I also have enough traps for those seventy and enough places to place the those traps.
Golden week for me is going to be a busy one and I have set a goal of 30 new hives this year.
Now please, nice spring weather please.
This year I plan to go big, I let last year slip by and I am not going to let that happen again.
Catching swarms won’t really start until the middle of April, so I right now I am building boxes and weathering them. I still have a hundred odd boxes to make so my time is limited.