Queen/Drone Traps
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  1. #1
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    I aquired 3 Queen/Drone traps in the auctiion last fall.

    Besides the obvious (catching queens and drones).... What is the practical application for these? Stopping absconding??

    Should I sell them or keep em??? They are new.....
    Closing in on retirement.......

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    They are not for catchng queens and drones. They are for preventing swarming and absconding, but they have the problem that the drones cannot get out. They are useful at times (like right after installing a package) but not very useful during the main season with drones not able to leave the hive. If you are anticipating a swarm, perhaps they could postpone it for you. I have several but have only used them for installing packages.
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    Thanks.........
    Closing in on retirement.......

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    Default Re: Queen/Drone Traps

    Back in the 60's and 70's we used them to prevent swarming... what was nice, is if the queen went in the bees would start balling her and we would take them and the trap, move it to another hive open the slide door and let her back into the new hive... no worries about having to retrieve Bees in the top of the trees or them going bye-bye...lol Amos, always would drown the drones caught... I just would let them out the front and then slide it back in. In fact I have some to sell....
    "Where wisdom is called for, force is of little use."
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    Default Re: Queen/Drone Traps

    Good for cell builders so stray virgins don't enter and kill the cells.

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    Default Re: Queen/Drone Traps

    any body have a picture of one of these?

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    Default Re: Queen/Drone Traps

    At the beginning of this thread is a picture of an old one Brac... nope that was on another one... just do a search for queen traps at the top...

    Here is the thread address: https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...s-a-queen-trap
    "Where wisdom is called for, force is of little use."
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    Default Re: Queen/Drone Traps

    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglerock View Post
    Back in the 60's and 70's we used them to prevent swarming... what was nice, is if the queen went in the bees would start balling her and we would take them and the trap, move it to another hive open the slide door and let her back into the new hive... no worries about having to retrieve Bees in the top of the trees or them going bye-bye...lol Amos, always would drown the drones caught... I just would let them out the front and then slide it back in. In fact I have some to sell....
    I want to buy some!
    How much you charge for quantity: 5, 10, 15?

    Also, how much will be shipping charge to Westfield, MA 01085?

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    Default Re: Queen/Drone Traps

    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglerock View Post
    Back in the 60's and 70's we used them to prevent swarming... what was nice, is if the queen went in the bees would start balling her and we would take them and the trap, move it to another hive open the slide door and let her back into the new hive... no worries about having to retrieve Bees in the top of the trees or them going bye-bye...lol Amos, always would drown the drones caught... I just would let them out the front and then slide it back in. In fact I have some to sell....
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