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    Default 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    Just a curiosity so I thought I'd toss this out there. I have a few extra wooden five frame nuc boxes that will not be used this season. I thought I'd cobble them together and use them for swarm boxes. My thoughts are they may be more attractive since bees seemingly like the tall and narrow (trees) vs the double wide option LOL. Been lived in and will have old comb and LGO.
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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    I thought about that too.
    Then I thought handling a big, heavy, tall, skinny box climbing down a ladder.

    There are a lot of ways to trap swarms without the ladder.

    I think the idea has potential.

    But consider how you are going to handle and transport the vertical box of bees.

    Let us know how it works out

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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    Sounds like a good plan to me. I am trying cardboard tubes this year with similar thought in mind.
    Drew
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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    For me the weight isn't much difference. They are made out of white pine which is a lot less weight. Thin metal bottoms and next to nothing tops. I thought when I cobbled together, the seams would be good handles. Awkward,,,,,,jury out on that one. I'm not a big fan of ladders so I avoid that AMAP.
    I tried SONA tubes one year. (cardboard tubes for cement forms from Lowes) Did not catch any but I've learned a lot more since those days. A lot of work to make tops and bottoms to last one season. The weather takes it's toll. I make my own boxes so it works for me to cycle older deeps ect. into the trap line. Tying comb into a frame is an education and it is ok when necessary but if I can avoid it, I will. Old comb is such a good attractant and it goes right into the new hive box waiting for them You can fit one lang frame in a 20" sona tube but if you do not get the swarm with in days, they will fill the top with their comb. Just some thoughts. Thanks
    AAAhhhhh Aristotle,,,,,LOL I know him.
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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    Rick..

    I'm not talking about the weight of the empty box, so much as the cumbersomeness of the higher center of gravity of the tall skinny when it is full.

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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    AAhh,,,,good point I'll keep in mind when setting them up and location.
    Thanks
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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 1456 View Post
    My thoughts are they may be more attractive since bees seemingly like the tall and narrow (trees) vs the double wide option LOL. Been lived in and will have old comb and LGO.
    Rick
    I think there is some truth to the "tall and narrow" part you mention. I think you will also do better because you are increasing your volume to a more satisfactory size that a bee is looking for in a home (40 Liters). All things point to a successful trapping...good luck!!

    Question - how many frames do you put in your trap, and what combinations of frames do you use (foundation, foundationless, drawn)?

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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    I've read Don "the fat beeman" uses the tall nuc configurations in his bee raising business because the bees like it/do better. I have one hive from a split I did last year that started as a five frame nuc and is now three nucs tall. They really took off but I think/hope the queen has something to do with some of that. (hope anyway)
    I am using two drawn foundation frames and locate those on the 1 and 10 position. The remainder are are foundationless frames that are grooved top and bottom with a Popsicle stick waxed in the top groove. Eventually it will be drawn foundationless since that is the direction I'm going. I had the foundation in the middle and the swarm occupied it rather fast. Queen didn't lay in it. She waited till they had drawn new comb. They did put the honey they brought with them in the drawn comb so I left it. With the 1 and 10 I can get that out before they get too involved in it.
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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    When you hoist them up into a tree, are they literally free swinging, against the tree?
    I just throw a rope over a crotch in the tree that is close to the trunk. I pull the box up so it is tight against the tree then tie the rope off. The boxes don't move.
    I do think height helps a lot although I did catch a swarm in an abandoned hive on the ground in my drive way at my house.
    I have had more luck with the ones I hang higher, but I have caught a few on fence posts that were only 5 feet off the ground. Nothing scientific about it just going off my experience so far. I'm going to be trying a few new things this year to see if I can't come up with some more biased opinions.

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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    One thing I'm going to try new is the entrance. I had a guy show me a hive that had taken up residence in the soffet of his house. The roof trim had warped and the bees gained access by the space created where the roof meets the trim. Looked like about 1/2 inch by 6 inches. Thought that might be a good size. Keep most of the larger vermin out I would think. Put the boxes up too early and the birds want to nest in them. Definitely be doin the rope in the crotch this year. Good technique Appreciated.
    Rick

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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    I know one problem I have had is transporting the bees. If I have to travel with them very far I don't like having the box sealed up completely they really start going crazy. On my nuc boxes, I have a piece of scrap that swivels so that I can easily close off the entrance completely. I was thinking of drilling a hole through the piece of scrap and placing a screen over that. That way the bees can ventilate through the entrance while not being able to get out.

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    Default Re: 10 frame wide vs ten frame tall swarm box

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick 1456 View Post
    One thing I'm going to try new is the entrance. I had a guy show me a hive that had taken up residence in the soffet of his house. The roof trim had warped and the bees gained access by the space created where the roof meets the trim. Looked like about 1/2 inch by 6 inches. Thought that might be a good size. Keep most of the larger vermin out I would think. Put the boxes up too early and the birds want to nest in them. Definitely be doin the rope in the crotch this year. Good technique Appreciated.
    Rick
    Here's a pic of a few of the different swarm traps I've got. The one in the middle has an entrance similar to what you are talking about...the end is just 1/4" shorter than the other side.

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