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  1. #1
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    Default Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    In Grant Gillard's book Beekeeping And Swarm Trapping he talks about using 6 frame deep traps.

    Does anyone else use 6 frame deep traps?
    What are your thoughts on this size trap?
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    Plan to put a few out this spring, d-coates 6-frame

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    If you are using eight frame hives you might as well use that. I continue to preach not making special equipment for traps.
    Ten frame trap:


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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    I just built a ten frame swarm trap. Made it from an old dresser that someone was going to burn. I think that odfrank is right though. If you need more equipment later you can use it on your hives .

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    I'm with Frank on this one. I use either a ten frame medium or two five frame medium nucs. Either way it is a ready made hive once the bees move in.
    Standardization is key.

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    If you are using eight frame hives you might as well use that. I continue to preach not making special equipment for traps.
    Ten frame trap:

    This is good advice. I built ONE swarm trap last year from scrap plywood, and a swarm actually moved in late season, so that's my first spring cutout coming up. It would have been so much better to have them swarm into a hive of mine, so they wouldn't get set back this spring.

    Also, I like using inner covers as a temporary bottom or top for doing cutouts and swarm catching. They are very light, and you can just staple a screen over the hole for transport, and they still get good air circulation.
    John Sampson-Tucker County, WV
    14 hives - All cutouts and swarms

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    Thank You for the replys.
    I have all 10 frame hives at the moment.
    I also have a large pile of cut off pieces of plywood and 2x lumber from 2 duplexes so I haven't made up my mind what size to make.
    I am thinking about making some of each and see how they do.
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    I agree with odfrank, use standard equipment for traps. I am putting out 10-frame deeps and 6-frame dcoates nucs. Both are equipment I use. I am thinking about going towards michael palmer style nucs as my apairy grows, havn't decided yet. Singles are probably to small, double 4-frame nucs should be fine

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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    You are looking for a trap volume of 35 liters. A Lang deeps is right around there. I agree with frank..... If you can find some 10 frame deeps... Use em.
    Jason Bruns
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    Default Re: Any one use a 6 frame deep trap.

    I use a 10 frame deep with 6 plastic frames and 4 frames with no foundation, baited with lemongrass oil. I like to keep the traps close to the ground, if a swarm moves in I just move the hive to my house and put out a new trap.

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