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  1. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I just wanted to update everyone that helped me with my swarm trap placements from my previous post. I had success and caught a swarm that is presumably from the bee tree that is close by my apiary. For anyone that missed my first post. I was inspired by Micheal Bush, after reading "The...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Got this at a local market today...have any of you used this particular brand for your swarm traps / bait hives?
  3. Bee Forum
    I found this feral hive in a tree very close to my apiary. I hope you enjoy the pictures.(The pictures are right side up on my computer but sideways when I insert them here, any tips to fix the issue would be apprecited) I was hoping to find a bee tree this year to put some swarm traps close to...
  4. Bee Forum
    There were some 20 bees or so checking out a swarm trap today. Weather wasn't that good so it was a bit surprising. This is the most activity seen at this location this year. The trap has some old brood comb an swarm commander. Weather has been very poor for the entire year so far. What do...
  5. Bee Forum
    About 2 weeks ago I setup a swarm trap in the vicinity of my existing hive. In it I placed a dark comb frame with nectar. I figured the bees in the nearby hive would rob the nectar to take it back to their hive. However, I checked on the swarm trap today and I was surprised to see all that...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I was thinking of putting a bucket with a couple quarts of syrup near 2-3 swarm traps. Has anyone tried this? Seems like it couldnt hurt ?
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    I built some bait hives this past weekend for the upcoming swarm season and thought I would share for input and in case anyone is interested. The design is a modified version of the D. Coates 5 Frame Nuc. One sheet of 15/32" plywood + 2pcs 1x6x8' pine yields 3 bait hives. This could also be...
  8. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Has anyone had luck with swarm traps in MN? if so, i am curious to know if you think you are catching feral bees or are they coming from managed hives. I will put out a few dozen traps in the spring and I am interested to hear from others on their experiences in MN. Anyone encountered a real...
  9. Bee Forum
    I did a site search for answers, and googled around a bit. Just looking for some experience to weigh in. I live in Maryland. It's hot right now (100 degrees F and humid). I have 2 hives and 1 nuc. I'm running all mediums, and one piece plastic frames throughout - other than my nuc, which is...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I installed a trap in my tree and while some are going inside the box with frames, they are mainly bearding on the bottom. Is this typical?
  11. Bee Forum
    So what is the deal w/ Swarm Commander? Just how good is it? I will have plywood nuc traps and want to get the best bang for my buck and get as many bees as possible during swarm season. I don't have much old comb to go around. This swarm commander stuff seems great, like you just spray it on...
  12. Equipment/Hardware
    Here's my idea for a swarm trap: use a 5 gal water container, paint it either white or some other tonal color, pour melted wax in and let it harden against the base, if I have plenty - slosh it around a little, spray lemon grass inside, hang upside down with the entrance about 4 ft off the...
  13. Bee Forum
    I've got a total of 12 hives in two separate locations. The past few years I've been able to catch maybe 2-3 swarms from these hives about 3-6 feet off the ground in each location, usually on the same tree or one nearby. They usually swarm for the most part between March 15th and April 15th...
  14. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    This is the 5th swarm I've caught this year plus a trap out, I need to put these in a double deep this weekend if they don't leave, glad I finally got to see a swarm come in. We are having a huge flow of White Clover, Cascara and Himalaya blackberries I'm about 75 miles south of Laurie Miller's...
  15. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I placed this Top Bar Swarm trap out in North Dallas about three week ago. Two days ago I went to check it and saw it covered in bees. I was very excited, but when I came back the next day it looked like this. There were bees on the outside moving a little bit, and there were a few bees...
  16. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Does anybody have experience using a top bar swarm trap? I've read the various articles on swarm traps and a few on top bar traps...but was hoping to find somebody with experience using them. I finished up a design today, so I'm hoping to start building in the next month or so and wondered if...
  17. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I don't have bees yet. Now you know... my current plan is to trap swarms in the spring. That said...) ASSUMPTIONS: -I think we can all agree that swarms that take up residence in a swarm trap late in the summer... say August on, are not likely to survive the winter, no matter how much you...
  18. Welcome Forum
    Long ago I determined that I want to keep bees. I have recently determined that I am now ready to do such. The Plan: I am currently designing a top bar hive and a swarm trap and working on drawings. Hopefully I can have that finalized by the end of the year and start building two hives and...
  19. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I'm thinking about putting a few swarm traps out next year. What are the best spots to put them in my area? Also when is swarm season in my area? I'm in highland New York (Hudson valley).
  20. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello, I'm trying to get my own bees back who took off on me and settled about 45-50' high in a tree, not too far from the hive they moved out of! It was my own stupid fault, and now I'm trying to lure them back. I bought a trap at Kelley's, they were out of the box, so I went with the fiber...
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