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    Default Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Cedar-Glade Apiary near Lebanon, TN - 9 Apr 2011

    Follow the link below to view a few snapshots taken Saturday, 9 April 2011. The fellow doing all the work is SteveBee. This swarm was captured in Rutherford County on Thursday, 7 April 2011 near the Honey-Sun Apiary, and installed in a top bar hive on Saturday, 9 April 2011 in Wilson County Tennessee.

    Installing Swarm in TBH Photo Album

    Thanks, Steve!

    Greg
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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    great pictures!

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Thanks for the pics.... Did you have TBH frames in your swarm trap essentially? And was that little white bottle Lemongrass oil?

    Thanks.
    Chad

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Hi Chad,

    Yes, the trap was essentially a top bar nuc that held six top bars. When we installed them into the TBH, Steve (SteveBee) simply removed top bar #1, placed in in position #1, top bar #2, placed it in position #2, and so on. After the last one, we placed five more top bars then a follower board.

    Yes, the bottle contained a cotton ball and a few drops of lemongrass oil. It was placed in the trap when it was hung up on Tuesday, 5 April. Two days later, the trap was occupied by a swarm. Two days after that, we put them in the TBH.


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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Very cool... thanks!

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Sweet flight pics, thanks for sharing.
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Nice looking swarm. Looks like they got right to drawing comb.

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Your friend must be an excellent beekeeper.

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBee View Post
    Your friend must be an excellent beekeeper.
    Well he's a top bar man, but other than that he is a fine beekeeper.

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    how did you know when to put your nuc trap out?

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    Default Re: Installing a swarm into a new TBH - 9 April 2011

    We put them out when we thought it was warm enough. We were expecting package bees on 4/20. We caught that swarm on 4/7 and had one of my hives swarm the second week of April. This year, we'll have them out by the end of March. Good luck!

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