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Author Topic: When to move a swarm into a hive box?  (Read 784 times)
sawdstmakr
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« on: November 24, 2011, 10:19:48 PM »

I have a swarm in a squirrel box that I got 2 months ago. It built up real fast so I left it in there. I picked it up last weekend and they have put on a lot of weight. At has more bees flying than all of the other hives. At the club meeting on Monday our local inspector stressed that we need to be feeding our bees here in north FL to have them ready for our first flow that starts right after the equinox in December. My question is, when should I move this swarm into a L box? It is a strong hive and I don't want to lose it.
JP & Schawee, your weather is similar to N FL, what do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2011, 10:25:57 PM »

I would cut a piece of plywood the size of a super. Then cut a hole in it the size of the squirrel box. Take the bottom off the squirrel box and set it on the plywood and on the super. Put the super on a bottom board. Remove the squirrel box in the spring.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 10:42:35 PM »

I would cut a piece of plywood the size of a super. Then cut a hole in it the size of the squirrel box. Take the bottom off the squirrel box and set it on the plywood and on the super. Put the super on a bottom board. Remove the squirrel box in the spring.
That sounds pretty good. I added/screwed a board to the bottom to close it up. This brings up another question. Will the bees build down? I do have a flow on right now but it will probably end on Sunday with a cold front that is expected. I will have to mount the hive box on the wall because the squirrel box is hanging on it, but that is not a problem.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 02:33:44 AM »

I have a very similar problem.  I picked up an owl house two weeks ago in Dallas and it is full of bees.  Its a bit cool here so I left the box on the my hive stand with a nuc sitting ontop with frames of old comb / foundation.  I have this all set up where the bees have to go through the nuc to get outside.  The owl house is a mess, i attempted a peek inside but there were sooo many bees i couldnt see anything else.
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2011, 07:20:48 AM »

your bees will fly almost every day and take feed; cut them out and put them in a box and feed a little. you arent in the north; you are south of the south
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2011, 07:25:58 AM »

Yes, they will work down.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011, 08:34:32 AM »

Yep, bees will work downward, in fact they prefer to do so. We certainly don't have any kind of flow here in December. If I had them here in that set up I would leave them alone to over winter just as they are.

Since you have a flow coming in December I would likely give them room to expand as well but would likely hold back on feeding if they are as laden with honey as you say. Once the flow kicks in you can cut them out then.


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