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Offline Tommyt

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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2011, 09:25:57 PM »
a waterheater bee hive hanging in a tree.   ;)

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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2011, 12:29:09 AM »
It's not actually a water heater like people are thinking I think it is some sort of expansion tank for radiator type heat, it's galvanized and maybe 18 inches in diameter,  right now it is a galvanized piece of pipe 18 inches in diameter after I cut it in half and cut the end out of it ,I was thinking of someone on here that used sonatubes for swarm traps I don't see much difference and this one has already caught one swarm, I have a couple of nucs I built ,one of which caught a swarm last year I don't know if I'll have time to build any more this year it sounds like we are going to start working 7 days a week again.

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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2011, 12:29:45 PM »
a waterheater bee hive hanging in a tree.   ;)

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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2011, 05:23:30 PM »
Where is BJ when you need him!! :-D :-D
those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2011, 03:43:10 PM »
Why is the old queen important?  Isn't it common to have to replace the queen in a trap out?

Sure the queen would be good for the genetics, but getting the queen to  slim down and stop laying gets the hive shut down that much faster.
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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2011, 05:44:57 AM »
March, April or May will do fine.  You'll probably have the best luck in May...
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Re: How early should I set out swarm traps ?
« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2011, 11:35:12 AM »
The owner of the bee tree that I was going to trap out , called me last night the hive swarmed and ended up in a cedar tree about 4 foot up I caught the swarm this morning, I plan on starting the trap out next week.