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Author Topic: WOW I caught 2 Swarms this weekend!  (Read 675 times)
House Bee
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« on: April 05, 2010, 09:00:06 PM »

I Caught 2 swarms this weekend but 1 of them have had flew the coupe! I was bummend because it was my very first swarm but I had caught one twice the the size the next day. I was so thrilled. I hope they will be there still tomarrow.

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 09:11:28 PM »

Bribe them with cheaper rent.   Maybe that will work.  Or a queen excluder.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2010, 08:14:23 AM »

As Allen said, use a queen "includer" between the bottom board and the hive body for 2-3 days until they settle down.  This will keep the queen from leaving and still allows the workers to come and go.  This is assuming that the queen is too big to get through the excluder.

I learned this last year when I caught a swarm, boxed it, and found nobody was home later in the day.   grin

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I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!

« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2010, 08:36:52 AM »

I rarely if ever have swarms leave the set up I give them, but as others have mentioned a queen excluder will keep them in. You could always remove it after 3-4 days.


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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2010, 10:35:35 PM »

Keep them cooped up for 3 days. Oh yea, feed them.
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