How do you catch swarms???

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Iddee, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Just thought we needed some action on the board. This is how I catch most of the low hanging swarms, How do you do it?

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  2. 1of6

    1of6 New Member

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    HEY - I recognize this guy! Odd, he's wearing a shirt in this picture. These must have been mean bees! :D

    As for mine I either do this:
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    or this (on the way back down, holding swarm branch in right hand):
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    then this:
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    and finally this:
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    Sometimes they can be coaxed into the box, but I love the direct method.

    Now that I know who Bee Catcher is, I will say that I remember his posts from the other site, and I will say that it's an honor to have 'the man' over here. Ive seen his posts and many of his photos from the other forum, and I'd say we're lucky to have him here.
     

  3. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    I second that!

    And great post guy's!
     
  4. Bcrazy

    Bcrazy New Member

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    To recover or collect a swarm I try to use a skep if at all possible.
    Another way is to use a 'bait hive' which is a Nuc placed not too far away from your apiary and this is to catch swarms that fly from your hives.
    When I use a skep I will run them up into a Nuc and dust with icing suga whilst on the running board.
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    I did not dust with sugar this time as all you can see is a sea of white moving twards the Nuc

    Once they are in the Nuc I will asess the characteristics of the swarm to see if they or should I say the queen is what I require for my colonies.

    When I am satisfied then they will be transfered into a hive.

    Regards;