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Offline GWDawg1

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Swarm on fence post - need advice
« on: April 28, 2012, 03:28:04 PM »
I have a swarm on a fence post made from a railroad crosstie.  Yesterday I went down there and put an 8 frame box on the fence butted up next to the post with a frame of brood and honey inside the box.  Some bees are now in the box, but there are plenty more just sitting on the post.  I cannot find the queen, but I kinda think she is down inside the top of the post from the behavior of the bees.  Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can go ahead and get the rest of the bees in the box including the queen?  Would it help if I put another frame of drawn comb in there from an old hive?  Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Re: Swarm on fence post - need advice
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 03:45:15 PM »
Rub some lemon grass oil inside the entrance to the box with your finger.
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Re: Swarm on fence post - need advice
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2012, 04:23:54 PM »
get a step ladder or something you can set the box on or screw some supports to the post, and put the entrance right touching the swarm.. or scoop em off by hand shake into box.

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Re: Swarm on fence post - need advice
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012, 04:26:09 PM »
Scoop them bees up and put them in the hive.

Cut a piece of ply woo the size of the box and use it for a bottom board, cut a hole in it for the bees to up into the box and sit it on top of the post.

Personally I would just scoop them up and place inside of the hive, then smoke the snot out of the top of the post to drive the bees out and down the post and into the hive.
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: Swarm on fence post - need advice
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2012, 04:56:30 PM »
Scoop them or brush them into that box.

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Re: Swarm on fence post - need advice
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2012, 11:06:01 PM »
Lemongrass oil in the catch box and Fischer's bee quick in the post.
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Re: Swarm on fence post - need advice
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 11:07:16 PM »
Smoked the crap out of them, and they went into the box!!!!!   Thanks for the advice!!!

 

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