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« on: May 02, 2012, 09:58:46 PM »

Over the last two days, scouts have been checking out four of my swarm traps. Today, a swarm was in the process of moving into one of the horizontal tube traps! My question is, when do I take them home? If I go tomorrow to get them during the day, will they all be inside building comb, or will they have foragers out? Or, should I wait until dusk? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 10:08:30 PM »

Wait until dusk or you will loose the field bees.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2012, 10:15:29 PM »

Ya, move them at dark.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2012, 10:20:58 PM »

Okay. Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2012, 11:40:58 PM »

did you post some pictures of your tube trap?
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 09:46:39 PM »

Yes, I did. General Beekeeping thread, page 6. It is titled "pictures of tube swarm traps". I put the bees into a nuc early this afternoon. I caught the queen and caged her. I brought the nuc home tonight! grin. Had three swarm calls. First one flew away as I stood there getting my stuff out of the van Cry. Second one flew before I got there, and the third one also flew before I got there!
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 03:47:55 PM »

I think that means you are out.  grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 12:44:35 AM »

thats actually better than losing swarm after swarm cuz they wont stay put.  I say let them settle in before you go to shaking their world up.  let them have some open brood..
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