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  1. #1
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    i was at the house oct 1. pm and saw one of my hives swarming. they went on to a low bushy oak tree anout 50 ft. from there hive. at first there was one cluster about a qt. size and one almost a gal. size. when i got every thing ready to catch them they were all together in the gal. size group. i was able to sit a nuc about 6" under them. i pushet the most in to the nuc and the rest went in within 15 min. i put the lid on and left the entrance open. the next morning i closed them up and moved them to another yard about 15 miles away.
    i have a question. how long do i have to leave them there before i can take them back to my yard?

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    Default Re: new swarm

    I would feed and wait until they have capped brood to move

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    Default Re: new swarm

    +1
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: new swarm

    2 weeks should be plenty of time.
    Dan

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    Default Re: new swarm

    2nd of my 3 hives in this yard swarmes yesterday. they are 20' hi in a oak tree above the hives. i can not reach them because of bad health. just have to watch them. i am going to try and make a 20-30' pole with a screen basket for the next time.

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    Default Re: new swarm

    i caught more this year by putting out empty hive bodies for traps. the swarm lure i got from mann lake seemed to work pretty good.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: new swarm

    Sunnybee,
    Unlike a colony, a swarm can be moved to
    any spot in your yard, during the time of
    capture, or you can wait till dusk,-they
    will re-learn the new location -no need to
    transport them 3 miles away.

    Joe Waggle
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FeralBeeProject/
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/H...eybeeArticles/

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