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Tonight I caught my first swarm; it came from one of my hives not sure which one of the three it came from. The swarm only went about 3 feet away and landed inside of an empty brood box that was turned on its side. The question I have is should I close the opening of the hive I put the swarm in? Should I use an entrance reducer? Catching the swarm was really exciting.

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Jay T
 

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treat'em like a new package-reduced entrance,one brood box(til full)and feed. good luck,mike
 

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not to be a kill joy, but if you caught your own bees. then all you did was capture your own swarm which really isn't a swarm if they were your own. just kidding around with ya, but congrats on NOT losing any bees.
 

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LOL a swarmn is still a new hive.

If you aren't going to move the hive away for a few weeks i would suggest pointing the entrance a different way than the existing hives. Most people that i have spoken with recomend moving them atleast 2 miles away but the last two i caught i didn't have time to move so i just poointed the entrance 90 degrees to the parent colonies and they stuck around.

Also i put a frame of drawn comb into the swarm from one of the parent colonies.
 
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