Re: What do you use for a swarm capture/transport box?
I made what was called a yankee nuc by the source I got the idea from. basically a 5 frame nuc box with plywood screwed as a top and bottom. a small hole 1/2 inch or so is drill near the bottom edge of one end for an entrance. this is plugged when it time to transport. otherwise the top is taken off to captrue the swarm. then placed on loosely until all the bees find their way in. Screw the top down tight oncve teh bees have settled down plug the hole and away you go.
I caught one swarm last friday that would never have fit in a 5 frame box so I did the same sort of thing with a ten frame box. worked like a charm. The nice thing is I can bring it home loosen the bottom piece of plywood and put a couple of shims under the bottom edge to open up a make shift entrance on the ten frame box. This keeps the bees well for a few days. The nuc box I can just stack on more nuc boxes if do not have time to put a hive together for them. I do have to keep in mind that they only have that tiny entrance and if it get hot it may be a problem for them. I will loosen the top and make a gap there if needed. But 5 frame nucs are easy to set up if you already have the bottom board etc. so usually getting them set up with a proper bottom board and cover is not a problem. they just set on top of any hive I have in the apiary for a couple of days.
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