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Attending a local beek assoc get-together yesterday, I heard an old-time beek say that now wouldn't be too early to put traps out -- although this is Feb and eastern NC (we can get sub-freezes into April; snows/ice in March, too). I didn't have the chance to ask him about specifics. Were I to nab a swarm this early, wouldn't there be an issue when/if cold weather returns? Lately the days have been in the low 70's and nights in the 40's-50's -- with at least another week of that to come. Little chance of catching a swarm now anyway? If I snared one, would lots of feeding be enough to keep the colony viable?

Ideas? Warnings? Advice? Thanks for any feedback ....
 

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I heard an old-time beek say that now wouldn't be too early to put traps out

This is the best advice you could get.
If you get a swarm almost any time you will have to feed, feed, feed.
I will be starting to place traps today in SW Missouri.
 

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Mayhaps his mindset is not the hives swarming early, but having the boxes in place for the scout bees to find when it does become time.
 

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Mayhaps his mindset is not the hives swarming early, but having the boxes in place for the scout bees to find when it does become time.
+1 I live in the northern panhandle of WV zone 5b. Mine will be out in a month from now for this very reason. Better to put them out to early rather than to late.
 

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Mayhaps his mindset is not the hives swarming early, but having the boxes in place for the scout bees to find when it does become time.
That's what I figured too, I put mine out last week in Atlanta
 
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