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I run top bar hives, so my swarm traps use the same size 21" top bars. Makes transfer to a hive easy - unless you leave them in the trap too long.

Tried to hive a swarm that had been in the trap for 2 weeks. They had drawn out all 8 20" bars with 14" deep comb. Much of it was filled with honey, and was crosscombed to the back and sides. Needless to say I experienced mass comb collapse, honey covered bees, didn't have cutout bars with me so much comb went in a bucket. Did prop up and space some brood comb that broke off in the back of the hive.

I didn't have the guts to check on them today but will tomorrow. If I were them I would abscond!

Moral of the story: if using top bar swarm traps, dont leave them too long. Transfer them as soon as they are bringing in pollen.
 
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