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    Default Colony in a tree a recent swarm? Worth trying to capture?

    I came across a colony of bees that made a hive in the hollow of a standing ash tree situated in the woods on my property. I don't think that the colony is a result of a swarm from one of my own hives, but I won't know this for sure until I am able to get into my hives sometime this week. It could be a feral hive or a swarm from another bee yard.

    The entrance to the hive is a crack near the base of the tree. The entrance looks to me like it may be coated with propolis, as there is a orange-ish substance around the entrance.

    A couple of questions:

    1) Given what I've described, does this hive seem more likely to be a fairly well-established hive, as opposed to a swarm that may have occurred in the last few weeks?

    2) Would this colony by worth trying to capture, or would trying to do so from a living tree be quite daunting and not worth the effort?

    Thanks,
    Rob

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    Default Re: Colony in a tree a recent swarm? Worth trying to capture?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmdurkin View Post
    1) Given what I've described, does this hive seem more likely to be a fairly well-established hive, as opposed to a swarm that may have occurred in the last few weeks?

    2) Would this colony by worth trying to capture, or would trying to do so from a living tree be quite daunting and not worth the effort?
    1. Really would be hard to say how well established the hive is.
    2. Sounds like a great scenario for a trapout. Search on the boards for Cleo Hogan's method. Works great.

    Shane

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    Default Re: Colony in a tree a recent swarm? Worth trying to capture?

    Quote Originally Posted by rmdurkin View Post

    2) Would this colony by worth trying to capture, or would trying to do so from a living tree be quite daunting and not worth the effort?
    rmdurkin... Of course it is worth it if you want more bees. Send me an e-mail cchoganjr@scrtc and I will send you the info to trap a couple of starts out of the tree this year, and then you can trap 3 or 4 colonies each year thereafter.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Colony in a tree a recent swarm? Worth trying to capture?

    Shane, thanks for your reply and for the suggestion. I found some info on Mr. Hogan's trap method and it looks like it would work for the hive I found.

    Cleo, I just sent you an email. I would like to capture this colony if I can, although I've never done anything like this before.

    Thanks!
    Rob

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    Default Re: Colony in a tree a recent swarm? Worth trying to capture?

    You are most welcome,

    Trapouts are fun... if they are close by. Non-invasive, not messy, not hot, you don't have to worry about being sued and you don't have a lot of cleanup.

    Shane

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