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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Unwanted honey in super
« Last post by Acebird on Today at 06:08:34 PM »
A lot more than an Upstate NY winter.  The difference is my bees don't collect any in the winter and yours do.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Luring a swarm?
« Last post by Oblio13 on Today at 05:26:58 PM »
I'd leave that very successful hive alone, but do my best to trap the swarms it throws.

Cornell did a study on swarm trapping, and the key points were: a box the size of a ten-frame deep, fifteen feet high, facing south, in the shade, no comb, with five used frames pushed together in the center. That formula has worked well for me.
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Is that a queen cell.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Luring a swarm?
« Last post by Nugget Shooter on Today at 04:44:24 PM »
Interesting, I will post a photo of where the feral hive is located when I get home from work this afternoon and see what you think, Not sure about being able to cover the entrance or how many entrances there may be.....
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Horse manure in the garden
« Last post by bwallace23350 on Today at 04:30:19 PM »
I usually put in my manure in the winter late November early December at the latest and just let it sit and break down until late March. That way it is well broken down and composted by the time you use it.
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If you are in a good flow, no. You can put out a honey feeder and the bees will pretty much ignore it.
Jim
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I doubt I will make honey this year being my first year and all but if you were in a flow would there have been robbing to worry about?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Luring a swarm?
« Last post by sawdstmakr on Today at 04:25:44 PM »
This sounds like a perfect job for a trap out.
Is there only one way into this hive or would it bee easy to block all but one entrance?
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Sneaky darn bees
« Last post by bwallace23350 on Today at 04:24:26 PM »
The mental picture just had me laughing.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Luring a swarm?
« Last post by little john on Today at 04:23:36 PM »
There is no good way I know of to get them out without a cutting torch which will obviously not work...  So I was pondering when and how to lure a swarm out of the existing colony to add to my growing apiary. Would be nice to be able to do this a few times over the next couple years.

Look-up 'Hogan Bee Trap' - this technique can either be used to extract the whole colony, queen an' all - or - which is what I think you might be aiming at - it can be used to harvest bees at regular internals, leaving the queen in situ to keep the numbers up.  Seeing as you're in the desert, I don't see any reason why you couldn't feed that feral colony with a little sugar syrup via the Hogan Bee Trap during a dearth.
LJ


https://honey-sun.com/tech-tools/hogans-bee-trap/
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