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bee swarm in bucket. Can't transfer for 24 hours. Food, water...???

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I have a swarm of bees that was captured in a bucket with screen ventilation earlier today. Temperature is around 80F. Unfortunately, I took possession of them at dusk, and will need to leave for work before daybreak, so will not be able to get them into a hive until tomorrow evening. What do they need to survive in that environment? Is water sufficient, or is some other food source needed? I'll make sure that they are kept in the shade tomorrow.
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Hi Timsch,

You do what you have to do, and that is the way it works. Actually the bees should be fine in the bucket till tomorrow evening. A lot of swarms hang on the branch (or other object that they swarm to) for up to several days, granted they are not confined.

In your situation I would see if you have a fellow beekeeper in the area that would be willing to hive them for you in your apiary tomorrow. If you know someone that would be willing to do that.

Just my thoughts.

Happy Home
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