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  1. #1
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    Default Are these bees worth keeping?

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    I mean I provide a perfect place for them to live, pre drawn comb, lemongrass oil to entice them and they do this. I hope they are smart enough to gather nectar.

    There was comb the size of half a football in the midst of this cluster. I had checked the trap 4 days earlier.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    oh boy. now what?

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    They like the Box Tenbears........just not the inside.....

    Just kidding, must be a bummer, you will figure something out. Good Luck, keep us posted. G

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    Dumb bees? Or sit just too hot in PA?
    Fabian

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    "Are these bees worth keeping?"
    No, mail them to me.

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    At least yours stayed. i had a swarm do that, and they just left the comb as a slap in the face. Just catch the queen as you do a cutout.
    TxBeek. KTBHs. Victoria, Tx. along the Gulf coast. Zone 9b.
    Treatment free bees from traps and cutouts.

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    I will happily accept the donation of those bees if you don't want them..
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    Actually we sort of successfully hived them. I say sort of because I cut the comb out and put it in a transport box which I put where the trap was. I knew I had the queen Because within 2 hours there were no bees were lingering on the supports. after dark I closed them up and took them to an outyard. The next day I went to the yard with a new hive, stand, two frames of brood, 1 of stores and 1 drawn comb. took the frame I had banded their comb in and placed it in the hive. dumped the bees in, and placed in the frames I brought with me. No sooner had I put the lid on the bees began streaming out. In a minute the sky above the yard was a cloud on bees. I knew the queen had flown. I sat on the tailgate of my truck hoping she would lite within reach.

    Within a minute the bees began to gather in a hawthorn tree about 15 feet off the ground. What Luck! I backed my truck under the tree and was able to reach the branch, pulled it down and carefully held it while I cut it off. took it to the hive removed 5 frames, and shook the bees in. soon the remaining airborne bees began filing in. It has been a week and they are behaving normal. so I guess they decided to stay.

    In all the years I have been keeping bees that is the first time I have had a swarm build an exposed hive under a baited trap. These bees they are a changing!

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    Glad to hear they decided to go to work for you Tenbears. This is just my second year, I hived 2 swarms this season and they both went right to work. Lucky I guess. G

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    Default Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    these bees did not read up on normal bee behavior.

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