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  1. #1
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    Default Trapout Questions

    I found a feral hive in a cable spool. There were two spools, one stacked on top of the other. I shined a light down into the top of the top spool, but there were no bees or comb, so I removed the top spool. I found that the holes in the spools weren't lined up, so they could not move up into the top spool. I placed a 10 frame deep on top of the spool, hoping to give them some extra room for winter storage. This was in October, and we have been in a drought for a couple of years, but it had recently rained. It looked like we would have a good broomweed flow, but we didn't get any more rain for months. We had a very warm and flowery November and December, but I guess it wasn't enough. I checked the frames in December, and they had only built up a tiny section of wax on the center frame. They are clustered up in the bottom spool now. My plan is to wait until the queen is in the frames, and put an excluder in between the spool and the frames until all the brood are out. Then I will remove the spool, and set them up on a bottom board. Any Advice? Should I remove the box, and put it back on in the spring?

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    Default Re: Trapout Questions

    Is the cable spool hive your only hive? In other words, do you (or will you) have a frame of eggs/larva available from another hive?
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Trapout Questions

    I have another hive if they survive the winter.

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    Default Re: Trapout Questions

    You may find these threads useful:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ut-from-a-tree
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?265612-trap-out

    You can send your email address to Cleo Hogan (see the second thread) for a copy of his trapout guide.

    Since you have eggs available, you may be able to put that frame into the trap hive to encourage movement. Best to review Cleo's methods first.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Trapout Questions

    Thanks for the info.

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    Default Re: Trapout Questions

    As always, Rader has some sound advice. Read and heed.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Trapout Questions

    Thanks. I read that stuff. Good info. This site is great. Fortunately for me the hole in the top of the spool feeds right into the trap, so I didn't have to build out to the hive. They were starting to build in the trap before cold weather hit. Hopefully in the spring they will continue. Maybe I can lure the queen out with brood as Rader suggests. If they build up nicely and she starts laying up there, I had thought about treating it as a split. Move the spool, and let the field bees return to the trap. I have some time till spring, so I will keep reading. All advice is appreciated.
    Last edited by hopeful; 01-13-2013 at 09:08 AM. Reason: grammar

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