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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
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    Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
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    34

    Default Post catch routine

    To all you bee catching experts. How do you treat the bees after catching to ensure success?
    I just cut a branch with a swarm, put into a TBH with some sugar water and the next day they flew away.

  2. #2
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    May 2012
    Location
    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: Post catch routine

    I usually close the entrance for three days to start. There are a lot of variables when first hiving a swarm.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Young County, Tx
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    10

    Default Re: Post catch routine

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    I usually close the entrance for three days to start. There are a lot of variables when first hiving a swarm.
    Having caught 3 swarms earlier in the year and loosing 2, I finally wised up. If captured and placed in a nuc or hive body, use a queen Includer between the bottom board and hive body. I even used one when moving from Nuc to 10 fram box for a few weeks. If they were caught in a trap, leave them alone for 4 weeks until they have good comb, brood and pollen coming in. Use an Includer for a few weeks after transferring to a regular hive body.

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