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    Default Trap Out

    I started this on another thread but I still have some questions. I installed a screen cone on what I felt was the main entrance of a colony that has been in the second story walls of a house for at least 20 years. The kitchen addition on the back of this house allows me to place a bait hive next to the cone. I caulked what I felt were all of the other entrances (wrong). I didn't place a brood and eggs comb in the bait hive at first. Just old comb. I was advised to do this and last evening did so. This afternoon the bait hive is boiling with bees and more are still pouring out the cone (and it seems another found entrance). Should I remove this hive and place another in it's place with a brood and eggs comb? If I continued to do this a few times will I weaken the existing hive to the point that the queen will eventually leave? Any advice?

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    I don't know anything about trap-outs but I'd sure like to have that queen! 20 years...think about it.

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    Lift the top and see how many frames are covered with bees. If 7 or more, yes, switch hives. I have gotten as high as 4 hives and a nuc from one trapout. Keep it up until it is empty and wait at least a week after the last bee comes out. Then remove the cone and allow the hive colony to rob the cavity out before taking the last box home.

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    Iddee,

    Will they (or should they) raise their own queens?

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    They will make queen cells from the eggs you give them.

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    So what do you plan to do with all the honey, dead larvae, vermin and detritus that are left behind when you remove the bees and seal everything up?

    I doubt you'll succeed in removing the queen unless you go in and find her and catch her. She'll likely die in there before she would leave.
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    >>>So what do you plan to do with all the honey, dead larvae, vermin and detritus that are left behind when you remove the bees and seal everything up?<<<<<

    Read my post.

    >>>Then remove the cone and allow the hive colony to rob the cavity out before taking the last box home.<<<

    The queen ceases to lay when the flow stops coming in. There will be little or no brood in about 3, maybe 4 weeks. The last box of bees will call the box their home within 3 days of the last bee coming out. The queen will abscond when the food is gone. She may not go into your box, but she will leave, and take the few remaining bees with her.Wax will be the biggest thing left, with maybe some pollen. Neither will make much of a mess.

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    Iddee,

    Thanks for the information. We are in for a big temperature change over the weekend. I am a little leary about pulling this first box because it is to be down in the 30's the next few nights and the population in the new box may not be strong enough to cover the brood frame.

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