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  1. #1
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    Default DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    Newbee here. I live on the south side of the Dallas/Ft Worth sprawl on the bordeline of the urban to rural change. I already have bees coming to a pan of sugar syrup I put out this week. Friday I'm going to try to track them down. (it was way too windy to follow them yesterday)

    Given our crazy weather in late feb-march...when should I try to capture the wild hive?

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    Default Re: DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    I would track them down and find their location. If they are in an area where nobody will be bothering them and vise/versa I would set out swarm traps instead of capturing them. You could catch 2-3 swarms a year from that one location.
    Chuck Norris has a grizzly bear carpet in his room. The bear isn't dead it is just afraid to move.

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    Default Re: DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    I concur with that, don't remove them from a tree. Free bees from bee trees are not free bees at all. 7 hours later, you might have a hive that has a 66% chance to survive.

    Swarm traps are easy to make, look them up on youtube.
    Find out about my Swarm Trapping book at http://learningbeekeeping.com/beekee...-to-swarm-trap

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    Default Re: DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    Thanks for the advice.

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    Default Re: DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    Some beekeeper appreciates you feeding his bees

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    Default Re: DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    Quote Originally Posted by outofabluesky View Post
    I concur with that, don't remove them from a tree. Free bees from bee trees are not free bees at all. 7 hours later, you might have a hive that has a 66% chance to survive.

    Swarm traps are easy to make, look them up on youtube.
    Look them up on outofabluesky's you tube channel! I'll mention your videos for you!

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    Default Re: DFW area bee capture question - when to capture?

    Wait for the beginning of the green-up and the red bud trees are beginning to bloom. Then you're ok on a safe time of the year to do extractions. Soon, very soon!

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