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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2009, 09:08:39 PM »

Thanks Idee ,I understand a little better now . Didn't think about the light situation. Very ingenious thinking,don't let anyone rib you about it. Guys like you make it easy for ole farts like me  to learn new tricks.
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2009, 09:20:15 PM »

Jimmy, these guys know me. I couldn't live without a little ribbing to keep my blood flowing. Don't worry, I can give it back, too. They are all a bunch of good sports.
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2009, 10:51:54 PM »

Iddee, you have done an exemplary job of this thread, my hat off to ya!!!  Go, Iddee, go!!!  Have that wonderful and the most beautiful day, great health.  Cindi
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2009, 06:48:21 PM »

Thanks, cindi.... Here's the next episode.

It has rained here daily since I changed boxes on the trap. Today is the first decent flying day we have had. When I arrived, there was a mass exodus coming out of the cone. A half dozen or more waiting to come out. Here is what it looked like 30 minutes later, when I was ready to leave.



Overall, the trap out has been textbook. I just hope Murphy doesn't step in and mess things up.

I am also teaching SKI to be dumb, like me. With his beesuit on the ground and him on the ladder.   afro    afro


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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2009, 10:19:32 AM »

Iddee, keep it coming!!! Cindi
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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2009, 12:57:33 PM »

Removed the second box today. 7 frames of bees in near a cluster mode. It was still cool when we got there and they hadn't fully spread out yet. I would guess there is 9 frames of bees when the temp hits 60 and sunny. With 7 frames of drawn comb and three of foundation, they were all on the drawn.

We replaced it with a medium, with a frame containing eggs, larva, pollen and honey. Trying to get a medium nuc started with this one.
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« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2009, 01:03:50 AM »

I just read through this entire thread for the first time. I'm enjoying this very much!
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« Reply #27 on: April 11, 2009, 03:12:27 AM »

Iddee, you are the king of trap outs, as I've said many times. Thanks for much for keeping this thread going and all the nice pictures to help explain things to my hard head!  grin
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« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2009, 05:34:15 PM »

Thanks, all, for the kind words. Here is today's update.

Ski checked the trap today. The medium super we put on had 4 frames of bees in the middle of the day. Bees were flying and foragers were bringing in from the fields. I'm guessing there will be 6 frames of bees tonight when they are all in the box. There were still bees exiting the cone. There was one queen cell, still open and full of royal jelly.
Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since the trap was set. The two hives I have gotten from it are doing quite well. This one will be ski's. He uses all mediums. It is coming along good, and they are still coming out from the house. We will check it again next week and possibly add another medium.
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« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2009, 10:46:05 PM »

You are my idol Iddee!


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« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2009, 10:30:19 PM »

Ski checked the trap today. He found 4 capped queen cells. This will be the third hive from this trap out.
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« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2009, 11:28:31 AM »

We checked the trap Yesterday. The number of bees doesn't seem to be increasing. There are still bees exiting now and then, but very few. I think it is winding down. Another week and I expect to see no more bees exiting.  Then it will be time to remove the cone and allow the bees to clean out the house.
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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2009, 11:34:43 AM »

3 hives and about 6 weeks.  Not too shabby at all.
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2009, 10:11:23 PM »

I have what might also be a stupid question.  How do you get the boxes down off of that platform?  Do you seal them off and strap them down before the descent down the ladder or what?  Read this for the first time tonight and is a great thread.  Would this work for trapping bees out of a hollow tree? 
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« Reply #34 on: May 06, 2009, 10:21:16 PM »

>>>>How do you get the boxes down off of that platform?<<<<

VERY CAREFULLY!!   Actually, you should seal them off with screen after dark. Dummy me, I just pick it up and walk down the ladder.

>>>>Would this work for trapping bees out of a hollow tree?<<<<

Sure did.....





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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2009, 01:21:47 PM »

Ski checked the trap today. Still had 4 frames of bees, same as for the last two weeks. That says the house is empty. Haven't seen a bee exit the cone for a week. He removed the cone so they can begin the clean up.
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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2009, 02:04:46 PM »

i might have miss this, but did the queen cells come from the brood you put in the box.  as i recall, you don't usually get the queen with your trap outs? 
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« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2009, 02:50:06 PM »

The queen cells come from the eggs I put in the box, Yes.
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« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2009, 02:21:29 PM »

Thanks for the info.  I have a hive in a hollowed out hole in a pecan tree about 15' up.  they have been there about 3 years living on there own.  Must be pretty good genetics.  I am gonna try and get them.  i am gonna have to build a plat for up the tree sortof like a deerstand to hold the box but other than that...should go pretty easily.  Thanks again.
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« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2009, 03:31:52 PM »

You can screw the box right to the tree also.   I use a screen bottom board and a sheet of coroplast for the top to keep the weight down.

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