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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
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    Wenatchee, WA
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    Default capturing a feral hive

    got a question about capturing a feral hive. went to the site - hive in a hollow of a tree. used bee vac, got a bunch. set up a langstroth bees still there but I didn't get the queen, went back, got more bees, still no queen. turns out the hive goes further up into the tree than expected. the owner docent want me to cut the tree up.
    Wondering if I made a bee excluder out of screen (a cone of 1/4" screen) and put it over the entrance, then used some kind of "bee Quick" to get the bees out, and set my hive with no queen, right next to the hive if i might have success? any comments or better ideas?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
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    Default Re: capturing a feral hive

    Consider using a CAPtrap trapout with a short length of opaque hose leading to the box. Video: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EtRFJ_ejvp0. Use ⅛" screen rather than 1/4" to make the cone. Bees can get through ". Good luck.
    Last edited by Riverderwent; 05-14-2014 at 12:45 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: capturing a feral hive

    Welcome DR!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Bisbee Arizona usa
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    Default Re: capturing a feral hive

    Seems way too complicated- I suggest setting up a swarm trap in a good location and wait for a swarm to come by. ie. us bee pheromone etc.

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