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  1. #1
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    I've been thinking about keeping bees for a long time. At least since: "A home for fleas
    A hive for bees
    A nest for birds
    There ain't no words
    For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder Of my........
    Can you name and date that tune?

    I live up here (or down here) in the Southern Tier of NY in the northern part of the Allegany Plateau.

    I want to capture some swarms from feral hives this spring.

    This is the farthest I have ever gotten toward actually keeping bees. I may chug over the hump this time. So far I have ...
    Done a lot of reading on the web.
    Laid out parts for a pair of hives
    Ordered some swarm lure and tools
    Located 4 feral hives

    Next on the agenda are
    Sawing out those hive parts and assembling.
    Settling on a plan for swarm traps.

    I'm having a tough time finding pictures or plans of swarm traps.
    I'm wondering if color has a role in attracting a swarm or causing a trap to be noticed?

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    oldsawmillguy, methinks you might need a "hair" cut!

    As for date, lets just say I have the album.

    I will defer to others for your bee questions, since I have no experience in trapping. Welcome! I used to live in Olean for a while. Nice country.
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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    Welcome...I wish you luck at "catching" some bees. If you are not able to catch a swarm...see if you can get another local beekeeper to help you get started with a nuc. Best wishes...
    "My child, eat honey, for it is good." (Proverbs 24:13)

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    oldsawmill guy writes:
    I'm having a tough time finding pictures or plans of swarm traps.
    I'm wondering if color has a role in attracting a swarm or causing a trap to be noticed?

    tecumseh:
    get yourself a catalogue from betterbee or mann lake and look at their swarm traps. notice that they do look quite a bit like a cheaply made trash can + attractant (which come is a small tube). certain colors might be offensive, black could make the interior space too hot. size and location of entrance (usually a small hole, facing southward) plus the interior demensions are the largest +++ as far as the bees are concerned.

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    Oldsaw............ do a search here on "swarm traps".
    Recently someone posted pics of a fine design using
    12" sonotube (masonry form).

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