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Author Topic: I just caught my first two swarms!!!  (Read 924 times)
House Bee
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Location: Santa Cruz, California USA

« on: May 08, 2005, 05:23:12 PM »

They were both on the same property. One was basicly on the ground in a low shrub and the other was up in a tree. I got stung. It was really fun.  Cheesy

Now I have 4 hives and I need to get some more equiptment in a hurry.

How can I combine one of these swarms with an existing hive?

Field Bee
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Location: Florida

« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2005, 04:35:32 PM »

To get the swarm into a hive the newspaper meathod usually works well.  Just put the swarm inside a super aove the broodnest and sperate the swarm from the bees in the hive with a newspaper.  The newspaper should have a few staple-sized holes in it to let the scents of the colonies mingle.  You can either find the queen in the swarm and kill her first or leave here with the swarm and let the queens fight, the stronger one will win.I've heard of this technique having great success.  Hope this helps.

House Bee
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Location: western new york, near buffalo and niagara falls 42 50' N latitude and 78 50' W longitude

« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2005, 11:42:17 PM »

I have used the newspaper method to combine a weak colony with a strong one and it works every time. I have never tried it by  combining a fresh swarm  with an established hive but it should also work.

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