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Offline gardeningfireman

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First swarm in tube trap
« on: May 02, 2012, 10:58:46 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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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 11:08:30 PM »
Wait until dusk or you will loose the field bees.
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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2012, 11:15:29 PM »
Ya, move them at dark.

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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2012, 11:20:58 PM »
Okay. Thanks! :)

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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 12:40:58 AM »
did you post some pictures of your tube trap?
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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 10:46:39 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! :-D. Had three swarm calls. First one flew away as I stood there getting my stuff out of the van :'(. Second one flew before I got there, and the third one also flew before I got there!

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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 04:47:55 PM »
I think that means you are out.  :-D
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Re: First swarm in tube trap
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 01:44:35 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..