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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Well not really trapping success, More Swarm avoidance.
    5-14 did a 4 way split due to Queen cells 1 capped several not capped
    5-15 did a 3 way split due to Queen cells 1 capped , several not capped.
    Likely would have swarmed later this week ( 5-18)
    lower mid michigan. I do have some traps out will advise when The swarms find them

    GG

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  3. #22
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    I have caught over 22, this does not includes a few already confirmed fails. And at least one of the 22 had no brood at inspection. I set out a fraction of what I set out in the past because three years of queen rearing gave me overwintered divides with new queens to fill up all my stands. And 25 buckets of unsold honey is no stimulation to fill more hives or produce more crop. I caught one in a five frame trap with only one black comb and four foundationless combs. I caught another on half gross old plastic combs and the other half waxed Randy Oliver Drone Trapping frames. It always surprises me that 10-15% of baited swarms do not take. I am also having big problems with hives not producing replacement queens after swarming.
    Oh yeah, my favorite came into a pile of empty 8 frames supers, right next to several baited traps. Picture taken after shaking onto drawn combs and boxes separated with a bottom board.

    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.

  4. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    I have caught over 22...
    odfrank,
    So what is the %-age?
    Caught swarms/number of traps?
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

  5. #24
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    I put out 10 traps this year. My record this year is 5 trapped swarms.

    2 swarms at one location. Two other traps have caught one each.
    The fifth was a first for me. For two days bees were scouting a vacant 2 box 8-frame medium hive and a nearby swarm trap. They moved into the empty equipment.

    The bees must have learned that trick from Mr. odfrank.

  6. #25
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    Brought home 3 so far in the last week. I received a text earlier that I may have a 4th which moved into a spot I just reset a trap on yesterday. Strangely, the spot that I caught 2 last year has had zero activity from scouts. Maybe the bee tree if there was one is gone?

  7. #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    odfrank,
    So what is the %-age?
    Caught swarms/number of traps?
    I did not track how many I put out. Plus we clean up and bait dead hives. I love the the thrill of coming to an apiary and finding a full trap I forgot I set out. I would think the catch success rate is over 75% and the fail rate is 10 -15%. We moved one 5 frame Jumbo depth trap last week into a 10 frame box, filled it with drawn combs and SCL and returned to find it full again five days later.
    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.

  8. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    The log on top led to your success.
    I am sure it helps. I have deadwood on all my traps.

  9. #28
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    Finally the weather turned for the better.
    Yeah!
    Two teams of the scouting bees resumed the fighting over this particular trap sitting in my backyard - AS IF there are no other choices within few feet!
    The teams are - the Blacks vs. the Yellows - the daggers are out.
    I am rooting for the Blacks.
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    Last edited by GregV; 05-20-2020 at 12:46 PM.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Iíve gotten 3 in my two trap locations and 6 in stored equipment.
    This one was unintended but welcome.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un6j8ieYxl8
    Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson

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    I put out one trap and caught a swarm 3 days later. Put it back up and had another in a week.

    Built more traps.

    Have 5 out now and have caught 6 swarms. Have caught a swarm in EVERY location I've put one up, which is nice.

    Warm weather later this week may get another or two, but rain and cool nights really slows them down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockChucker30 View Post
    Warm weather later this week may get another or two, but rain and cool nights really slows them down.
    Where are you located?
    David Matlock

  13. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Finally the weather turned for the better.
    Yeah!.....
    I jinxed it - back to rain again.
    Rain, rain, and more rain.

    Double-edged sword - the swarming pressure maybe building up, but if the weather keeps holding back, lots of chances are being lost.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Looks like 2 for 3. After Arthur went by with his 3 days of rain.

    https://youtu.be/zF9yOD69aC4

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    3 swarms and 8 in traps

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    I’m new to bee keeping. I built 7 traps and finally caught my first swarm today.

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    Congratulations on your first swarm.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwb View Post
    I’m new to bee keeping. I built 7 traps and finally caught my first swarm today.
    Congrats.
    Please add location to your profile.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    ARRGH! You guys are driving me crazy! I have seen a few scouts on and off for weeks, but no determined. Today was more activity than usually, mostly in my garage, so I took all the old equipment outside. They were scouting that. Few more days? Weeks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AR1 View Post
    ARRGH! You guys are driving me crazy! I have seen a few scouts on and off for weeks, but no determined. Today was more activity than usually, mostly in my garage, so I took all the old equipment outside. They were scouting that. Few more days? Weeks?
    Same here.
    Very active scouting few days ago, with the bees fighting for the backyard trap.
    Then rain cut it all off.
    Now - not much.
    The rain could have stopped the pending swarms (or the owners did, of course; but I doubt they were in the hives in the rain).
    The rain is really a double-edges sward.
    Last edited by GregV; 05-24-2020 at 02:52 PM.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwb View Post
    I’m new to bee keeping. I built 7 traps and finally caught my first swarm today.
    Congratulations, gwb- welcome to Beesource!
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