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Thread: Moving a swarm

  1. #1
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    Default Moving a swarm

    I caught a large swarm from my grandpas hive this afternoon. I was wondering is it ok to leave this new hive on his property perhaps a 100' from parent hive or should I move it to a completely different location? He would obvious like to keep it on his property but what would give me the best lucky in keeping them hived

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    Default Re: Moving a swarm

    They can stay there.
    If you have any worries about them leaving, give them one frame of open brood from the other hive, if it can spare it.
    They are very unlikely to leave brood behind and leave..

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    Default Re: Moving a swarm

    Ended up moving them. Decided that it would be easier for me to monitor them at my place. I guess it's recommended to either reduce the entrance to small or screen it off and keep them closed for a few days?

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    Default Re: Moving a swarm

    The parent hive. Would it be wise to do an inspection? Or leave it alone? Would there be anyway of stopping after swarm?

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    Default Re: Moving a swarm

    Entrance reducer for sure. They need to be able to feel safe defending their new diggs. Myself, I use a
    2 1/2" opening.
    If it's been a while since the last inspection, by all means check it out.

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