Bees in block wall

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by gator, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. gator

    gator New Member

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    I am new to bee keeping and have just purchased 4 used hives but i have no bees in them yet. I have located 2 bee hives in my uncles barn but they are in the block walls. I have place two 10 frame supers with drawn frames and a 10 frame super full of honey on the top 6 inches from the entrance of one of the hives but they still have not started to work the new hive. Any ideas on how to trap or intise them into the new hive.
    Thanks.
    Ron.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    The only way to get them out is to do a trap out. You must first have a hive to get eggs from before it will work. It is also very late in the year to do it in Wisconsin. Best to wait until spring. There is a lot of info out about trap outs, so it will be something for you to be reading through the winter.

    PS. You can also put out swarm traps in the spring and get bees for yourself while leaving the hive in it's original location.
     

  3. G3farms

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    welcome to the forum gator.

    As idee says you will have to do a trap out, or you could do a cut out but that will entail busting some blocks out.

    Just sitting a hive with combs of honey in it near the entrance will not bring them out, all they will do is rob the honey out of it for themselves and invite wax moths to destroy the comb.

    You could trap them out now but would have to feed the dickins out of them to make it through you cold winters, not sure (since I am way furher south than you) but would say you will need 100 pounds of honey to make it through the winter.

    G3
     
  4. gator

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    Thanks for the info. I do have 4 deep supers that are full of honey that i have sitting on the other 3 hives in different locations to see if i could get some bees to move in. But i do not have the frames with eggs so i will probably have to purchase some bees next spring and try to do a trap out then.
    I have been watching this hive at my uncles for a month and put my hive there 3 weeks ago and have been checking it weekly. when i checked it yesterday there are now 2 hives in two differant walls. I moved my hive to the new enterance hoping that they were not that established yet. Could they have swarmed and gone to the other wall and is there any chance that they may swarm again.
    Also i went to the trap out in progress thread great info and details.
    Thanks.
    Ron.