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Hello everyone, just getting started. planning on building a couple of swarm boxes this weekend.

what more do I need?

how long can they stay in a trap with 5 frames? (it's still early spring here)




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how long can they stay in a trap with 5 frames? (it's still early spring here)
Depends on the breed of bees, size of the swarm, whether the queen is a virgin, weather, time of the season, available forage, and density of colonies within the foraging range. Couple of weeks would be a working average or rule of thumb. But you could leave them in much longer if needed. I make swarm traps wide enough to hold six or seven frames. Eleven and a half inches deep.
 
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