Quick swarm poll
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  1. #1
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    Default Quick swarm poll

    So should I try and knock these into a bucket or let them move in. They seem to be thinking about it. This is in my shed where I store boxes with partial dream comb. I set up a double deep with comb once I found the swarm and put a tiny hint of lgo on top of some frames. I feel fairly confident they’ll move in on there own but maybe not.

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    I would knock them into a hive box with some frames taken out. I would leave the box in the shed with the inner cover open about 1 inch to allow the bees to fan. If they stay in the box, I would wait until well after dark and move the box out of the shed. The next day, if they are still in the box, I would add back the missing frames and try feeding them.

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    If I do that queen excluder is going on bottom and top

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    I would definitely knocked them into a box, or swarm bucket, and not wait to see what they do. What if the decide to move into the shed structure? How did they get in the shed? Opened door or is it a partially open shed?
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    I put them in a hive box with queen excluder on bottom they are still in the box coming and going but a small group is intent on continuing to build where they were intitially

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    It’s an open barn type deal.

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    Capture them at sunrise or sunset and introduced them to the rest?
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    In my experience, when the bees keep going back to the place from which they were collected, the queen is not in the box. I would use a wide spatula and slowly scrape them off the ceiling and into a bucket. Try not to get them flying. You may want to spray them with a diluted sugar syrup solution to keep them together. Then dump the bucket into the box and close the lid. You may have to do this several times.

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    Ya I’ve done that several times as you say I’m thinking about just hitting them with the bee vac to get them all

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