Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame
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  1. #1
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    Default Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame

    Hello all, A friend captured a swarm in a 5 frame nuc and gave it to me. Can I transfer the bees immediately (within 24 hours) to a 10-frame box. Is that too disruptive? They have been moved at least 3 miles from their swarm capture. I wanted to get this person’s supplies back to him.

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    Default Re: Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame

    I would not.
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

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    Default Re: Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame

    I think you should wait till the queen has laid some eggs and have open brood and oriented to the new location.
    Frank

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    Default Re: Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame

    Thanks crofter,

    getting a little lazy on my typing.
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

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    Default Re: Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame

    Yes you can, no problem.
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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    Default Re: Swarm from 5-frame nut to 10-frame

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Yes you can, no problem.
    Ok. You will see more swarms in a week than I will in a decade, so I'm listening. You would not worry about just dumping them in or you would not worry about transferring the frames they are on.
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

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    I assumed they were on frames. Either way I have very few problems with bees absconding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltybee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Yes you can, no problem.
    Ok. You will see more swarms in a week than I will in a decade, so I'm listening. You would not worry about just dumping them in or you would not worry about transferring the frames they are on.
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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