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  1. #1
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    Default Wow , got my first swam!!

    Wow!! , finally got my first swarm i converted a American Kestrel falcon nest house into a top bar mini trap it 11 by 12 by 16 inch deep , it been on the tree for 2 weeks i put it about 8 feet high no lemon grass oil or black comb just beeswax melted on the top bar with a string attach to it to guide them to make the comb the bar are only 9 1/2 inches and it loaded with 8 bars, now i have to build my top bar quickly , which will be 4 feet long , and top bar that are 19 inches by 1 1/2 thick, for those of you who read my first post we have africanized honeybees in Puerto Rico , but they are gentle type not the aggressive type you have in the states , anyway here a picture of the trap i caught them in http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater and for those of you who think im nuts here is something about our bees here http://graduados.uprrp.edu/inventio/...nst_mites.html one thing i been doing is feeding the bees for 2 weeks on sugar water , to help them multiply and swarm , it work!!

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    Congratulations!
    Thanks tom , and welcome back , im so happy my trap work!! got my first colony of bees, for free and it mite Resistance !

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    By chance did you catch the swarm in the big mango tree that you mentioned to me?

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    Tom

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    By chance did you catch the swarm in the big mango tree that you mentioned to me?

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    Tom
    no it was not the trap on the mango tree but one on a big almond tree , now i should leave them alone for 2 to 3 week until they make some combs with blood right ?then move them to the something bigger , the trap has small top bar so i will have to piggy back them to a longer bar or frame? what to you think?

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    Congratulations on the swarm catch!

    You might want to read the suggestions on "comb guides" at the link below:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    If your top bars are going to be 19" long, you especially need a good guide, as the longer the bar, the more likely it is that the bees will want to curve the comb. A waxed string is more likely to lead to cross comb than a triangular comb guide.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Congratulations on the swarm catch!

    You might want to read the suggestions on "comb guides" at the link below:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    If your top bars are going to be 19" long, you especially need a good guide, as the longer the bar, the more likely it is that the bees will want to curve the comb. A waxed string is more likely to lead to cross comb than a triangular comb guide.
    Thanks im ahead of you buddy here a picture of them
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    Rafael,

    If they are the same type of almond trees that we have in Honduras, I've had luck catching swarms in them also.

    Two weeks should be enough to time. You are right about having to piggy back a longer bar to them. Carefully nail or screw the longer bar on top of the small one. You need to be careful that you don't knock the comb off.

    The other option is to cut the comb and attach it directly to the longer bar. The problem is that new comb is fragil making this difficult. Here are some pictures of a sling I made using a bit of frame wire and a piece of wood to help support the comb until the bees can attach it to the bar.

    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...hingcomb01.jpg
    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...hingcomb02.jpg
    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...hingcomb03.jpg

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    Default Re: Wow , got my first swam!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    Rafael,

    If they are the same type of almond trees that we have in Honduras, I've had luck catching swarms in them also.

    Two weeks should be enough to time. You are right about having to piggy back a longer bar to them. Carefully nail or screw the longer bar on top of the small one. You need to be careful that you don't knock the comb off.

    The other option is to cut the comb and attach it directly to the longer bar. The problem is that new comb is fragil making this difficult. Here are some pictures of a sling I made using a bit of frame wire and a piece of wood to help support the comb until the bees can attach it to the bar.

    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...hingcomb01.jpg
    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...hingcomb02.jpg
    http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...hingcomb03.jpg

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    yes tom i was thinking the same thing except i will be useing fishing line. its strong and more flexible, like in the drawing i did http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater

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