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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Pope county, Arkansas, USA
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    Default Trap out question

    Began trapping out a hive 8 days ago. My trap out hive was re-queened, feed 1:1, and added 1 hive capped honey. The trap hive has 8000-10000 bees. The original hive has now found the end of funnel. I have about the same number of bes going back into original hive as going into new hive. I was considering added a 2 foot PVC pipe with 90 degree turn to end of funnel.

    Will this help?

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    Last edited by Arkansas Beekeeper; 06-12-2011 at 09:05 PM.

  2. #2
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    Orinda, California, USA
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    Default Re: Trap out question

    I think they are following a scent trail left by their footprints. I had a similar situation.
    you could use a bee escape instead of a funnel,

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  3. #3
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    Lake county, Indiana 46408-4109
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    Default Re: Trap out question

    IMO your opening is to large, just my .02
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  4. #4
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    Phelps Co. Missouri USA
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    Default Re: Trap out question

    I agree. the opening appears wrong, it dosen't appear to be a narrowed cone at the end, the end looks like a large place for bees to land and go back into the hole then into the hive.

    Course what do I know ?

    PCM

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Trap out question

    Your opening is way too big, should bee big enough for two drones to fit through at the same time, cone should be slightly longer, and putting a piece of pvc pipe on would guarantee every bee found its way back into the hive. The purpose of using screen is if its uniformly tight and conical and long enough, they fly right past the hole because they cant see it, its like a fence to them. they look through the opening and all they see is screen. Heres what it should look like.

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  6. #6
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    Pope county, Arkansas, USA
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    Default Re: Trap out question

    1 week after trap out

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    Added pipe after bees found end of funnel. My hive is wall to wall packed with bees. They have consummed 3 gallons of 1:1

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    Have 1 last problem. Getting it down!
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  7. #7
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    Elizabethton, Tn
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    Default Re: Trap out question

    Good for you ArkB! Make sure you leave long enough to get em all...4 to 6 weeks. You may need to put up new hive to get the rest if its that full. You will also need to move it at night!! (Stuff something in the opening) And move at least one mile away for one to two weeks or they will go right back to where the hive was on the wall. After a couple weeks move it back. Unless of course it is already that far from you.
    Last edited by djei5; 06-19-2011 at 12:55 PM. Reason: excessive quoting
    It takes a family to raise a family, it takes a village to really screw that up... Djei5

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