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  1. #1
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    Default trap worked....

    ...now how long should I let them stay in it?
    It is one of those "flowerpot" type.
    Last edited by willyC; 05-01-2012 at 03:15 PM.

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    Default Re: trap worked....

    If you have frames that can be removed, there is no rush in moving them. If it's just a box without frames, you should get them out ASAP, as swarms are wax building machines!

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    Default Re: trap worked....

    I would close it up tonight, move it to your bee yard/backyard and move them into a hive as soon as possible. Open it back up when you get them to your yard.
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
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    Default Re: trap worked....

    I may be nuts but I'm inclined to let them do their thing then practice dealing with the comb. Rather do it in my own time than when an emergency call cut out happens.

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    Default Re: trap worked....

    Sooner rather than later and redeploy the swarm trap to catch another. It's a trap not a hive!
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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    Default Re: trap worked....

    The longer you wait the more comb to cutout and afix into a frame and a higher chance of killing the queen. Move them into a hive and allow them to build comb once. The chance of them building straight comb in the trap is not great, get them on a top bar or frame asap. If they have a small bit of comb built, leave it in the trap to increase appeal.
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
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    Default Re: trap worked....

    A swarm is ready to build, reproduce, & make honey no since in slowing them down just to practice. I would move them into thier new home and let them set up housekeeping.

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