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Author Topic: hive bodirs for swarm traps  (Read 724 times)
T.Smith
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« on: November 27, 2008, 09:54:19 PM »

Hi,  I was wondering why a person couldnt just place old hive bodies with a bottom board and top for swarm traps.  Place these out like you would the store bought traps and put swarm lure in them. this would eliminate having to transfer them to a box from the "trap".  I have only kept bees for a couple years but have had swarms take up residence in my old boxes. Anyway if anyone has any suggestions about this I would appreciate them.    Thanks in advance    Tracy
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 09:57:51 PM »

yeah you can. Thing is there a bit heavy and you ave to secure them well. Have a look at some of the card board NUC's much easier
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2008, 10:35:48 PM »

I bought some old banged up deeps a few years back for about a dollar each. I scorched the insides, and now use them for traps. Works well.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 06:29:25 AM »

Old hive bodies are great.  One deep is a nice size to lure a swarm.  Old boxes have the right smell.  That's probably my favorite swarm trap.  I run all mediums but I get old deeps from people who are going to throw them away and I can put medium frames in them.  At worst, if I'm slow getting them out, I can cut the comb off the bottom of the frames and tie that in but the rest is already in frames.
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