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Offline EOHenry

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Feed a newly captured swarm??
« on: May 30, 2005, 11:00:01 PM »
I just captured my first swarm!!  :D  Quite exciting and much easyier than I thot. :o   It was only about 5 ft. above ground and about as big as a basketball.   I cut pine branch off, shook  most of the bees into a brood box with drawn out comb in it.  I stood back and watched as thousands of bees flew around the tree, box, and me. Most of them stayed in the box and the ones on the ground started crawling into the entrance so I put the innner cover on and watched some more.  They continued to come down into the entrance.  I decided to leave for awhile, so I went and got some coffee at one of my fire stations.  When I came back about 45 min. later, there wasn't 10 bees flying around that box.  They were all inside.  I loaded up the box and took it home.  As this is my first swarm captured, should I feed them sugar water even tho they have drawn out comb and there is necter and pollen in my area as my other hive are thriving?  Any advice is appreciated.
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Offline thegolfpsycho

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Feed a newly captured swarm??
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2005, 11:07:42 PM »
How are you fixed for drawn comb?  Swarms are on a mission and building comb is a big part of it.  As far as feeding them, I would decide what my goal for them was.  If you want them to make wax, put some syrup on them.  If you hope to harvest some honey from them, let them give it a go.

Offline Finsky

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Feed a newly captured swarm??
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2005, 02:16:36 AM »
Swarm has 3 days food with them. Somethimes I have feeded at once and they may escape from hive in that method.

When bees are settled down, after 3 days you can give 20% syrup. They build combs in a week and sugar is spended in work. If you give 50% syrup, they will store it.  

When swarm is basket ball size, it will occupy 1-1,5 lansgtroth box.  It is good size.  It depends, if hive has old queen or virgin queen, how it starts to lay eggs.

If 2 boxes are not filled with bees, it is wise to get another swarm and put them together. So you will get honey and a good hive at once.