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  1. #1
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    Default How long before checking a caught swarm

    I placed a D. Coates nuc box out as a swarm trap on Sunday. It had one frame of black comb and 4 foundationless frames with a starter (popsicle stick) with beeswax on them. I put it 10' up in a tree with lemongrass oil as a attractant. I came home from work today and found that I had caught a swarm. Checked them after dark and there were a small amount of bees on the landing strip and around the hole. How long should I wait before opening the box and checking them. I would be putting them in a Deep as soon as I can. Any suggestions. First swarm and first year having bees. Thanks for the help.

  2. #2
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: How long before checking a caught swarm

    Put them in your hive. They will stay or go regardless of what you do.
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  3. #3
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    East Windsor, CT
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    Default Re: How long before checking a caught swarm

    just out of curiosity...was it a swarm from your hives or from another source?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: How long before checking a caught swarm

    I assume that it is from a feral hive. Other than my two hives, which have not swarmed ( new Nucs) the closest hive that I know of are about two miles away.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How long before checking a caught swarm

    Probably not necessary, but I let mine sit 2 weeks before I go through the hive.
    I do move them to their permanent location when I catch them though.
    Dan

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