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Will new foundations work in a swarm?

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I have a hive body to use as a swarm trap, if I put 10 new frames with foundations in it will it work or will the cavity appear to be to small because the scout bees cannot fly back and forth to measure the volume?
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I tried it last year. Took two boxes to spots that usually catch a couple of swarms each a year. Did not catch anything. I saw some light scouting, but no takers. I am chalking it up to your theory of measurement. I have no idea what a bee thinks, but I am guessing they do not see foundation as potential comb, but only an obstruction.
 

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If you don't have a frame or two of black drawn comb (preferably no pollen in cells), I would think you would be better off (odds wise) just using one or two frames with foundation, and the rest FL.
 

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Sorry, FL stands for foundation less.. I would put the two foundation frames in the middle, separated by one FL frame, and fill the rest of the box, but it may not matter.
 

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I have heard of one swarm catch into a new hive with wax foundation but that was blind luck. I suggest at least two frames of black comb.
 
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