when swarm moves in, how long to relocate to permanent home?!?
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  1. #1
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    Question when swarm moves in, how long to relocate to permanent home?!?

    In past years, I've always heard people say: wait until you see the bees bringing in pollen (or wait about 5 days, regardless) before moving the bait box to where you want it to stay (as a hive).

    BUT ... at this year's state beek meeting, I heard people say: once the bees "calm down" right after you get them in a bait box (same day, for example), then relocate them to the permanent locale.

    OK -- once and for all, which is the way to go? Does it matter?!

    I'm asking cuz -- even as I type -- a swarm's moving into my bait box. Big swarm, too so I'd prefer not to make any screw-ups.

    Thx mucho for any advice, anecdotes, pro opinions, guesses, etc.....

    Mitch

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    Default Re: when swarm moves in, how long to relocate to permanent home?!?

    I usually wait for a week or so, that way it’s a pretty good assumption that they’ve set up shop, the queen is laying and they’re anchored to brood. That said, there’s a lot of guys that’ll move em out ASAP to make way for a empty box.
    Rod

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    Default Re: when swarm moves in, how long to relocate to permanent home?!?

    If they are not at their permanent spot and I want them on an other at the same apiary, I move them as soon as most are in. Most of them seem to mark their location on the first time they leave, not on their first arrival. I now try to set my baits on permanent stands. I have no problems with bait swarms absconding unless they can not fit in the box they chose. I am never worried about working them too soon. If they went into a big stack of boxes I reorganize it immediately.


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    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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