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  1. #1
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    Default Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?

    I've been trying to catch swarms for the last month without much success. I have been keeping a single deep empty hive as a bait hive near my truck so when someone calls I can get there right away. This morning I see that some bees have swarmed and it looks like they've taken up residence.

    I want to move this hive out to the beeyard now. Should I wait till dark, plug up the entrance and take it out to the beeyard, or would it be OK to do this during the day.

    Thanks

    Pete

  2. #2
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    Pasco, Wa.
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    Default Re: Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?

    If they're accepting the hive, I would definitely wait until sundown before moving. That way you get all the foragers as well. Also, the bees don't seem to mind hive moving as much in the evening. If you have a screened bottom board, just duct tape the entrance. If not, use some screening to block the entrance. have fun.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2009
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    Mason County, Illinois USA
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    Default Re: Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?

    Also, after you move them, be sure to place something like a branch in front of the entrance....this way the foragers will reorient themselves to the new location.

    Good luck!

    Brenda

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    Default Re: Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?

    Question for the board, would it be better to let them get settled in their new home or add a frame of brood, so that they will not abscond once the hive is moved?

    Just trying to think ahead. I have seen them leave if they have nothing of value to leave behind.
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    Sawyer, Michigan, USA
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    Default Re: Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?

    If you knew that the queen was hived with the swarm adding brood is not necessary, as long as mom is home they will be happy and should not abscond. If you know the queen was injured or dead like a swarm I captured in May, adding brood is a very good idea. They will stay and start raising a new queen.

    Swarms can make very good colonies, I have a hive that was a swarm two years ago and so far it has turned out to be the best hive I have ever had. They have already filled five medium supers and I don’t plan on pulling honey for another two weeks.
    It will be interesting as to how much honey they produce for me by seasons end. Last year they paid 210 pounds in rent. They are on tract to exceed that count.
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Finally caught a swarm ! When can I move it ?

    As soon as it's dark...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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