new trap out

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by Zookeep, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    just started today, now to sit back for a month and wait (rather do cut outs but owell) its about 10 feet off the ground but easy to get to.
     

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  2. Bsweet

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    Gonne let em make a queen or intro one? Jim
     

  3. PerryBee

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    Hey Zookeep:

    Nice pictures. :thumbsup: :coolphotos:
    Is there anyway you could get the entrance of your box closer to the base of the cone?
     
  4. Zookeep

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    not too sure yet about the queen, I do have a small hive in a nuc I could combine, and my next trip out to the trap out I will bring some blocks to lift the hive a bit, I had 10 foot 2x4s and the platforms at its max height lol
     
  5. Iddee

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    Use the weak nuc for the trap box. They will combine themselves. Much easier than combining later.

    Agreed, get the entrance as near the bottom of the cone as possible.
     
  6. G3farms

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    even if they did make a queen, is there any drones up and coming yet.
     
  7. Zookeep

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    no drones here at all, wont the bees just enter the nuc and kill the hive? like a rob out? or do I just take the nuc put the frames from it into the brood box and the workers that are trapped out just gonna move into it and not kill the queen? never tried this before :confused:
     
  8. Iddee

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    They won't rob if they can't go home. They will take up with the nuc and all is well
     
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    They can't rob it out, no where to take the new found bounty. The nuc bees will accept them since they are returning with a full load of goodies and are wanting to unload so they can make another trip out.
     
  10. Bsweet

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    Yep if you use a Nuc or weak hive on a trap out you end up with a co-op, honeybees don't go around looking for a queen to kill (unless they are Cape bees which we don't have yet). Just be ready for the Nuc or weak hive to boom on you as you may end up with a couple of pounds of extra bees over a night or two. Jim
     
  11. Zookeep

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    added a nuc to the trapout today, nuc had 3 1/2 frames of bees in it and food and lifted the box 10 inches will make the trip in a week and see how things are going.
     
  12. Iddee

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    You didn't say how many bees you had already caught in the first box.

    The nuc may be over full in less than a week.
     
  13. Zookeep

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    I took the frames out of the nuc and added them to a full size brood box I am using for the trap out, plenty of room for the added bees, I did it this way cause the trapouts so far away I didnt want to risk runnin outa room, gonna be checking this 1 every 2 weeks.
     
  14. Iddee

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    Crackerbee got a full box, "he said 4 to 5 lbs." in 6 days.
     
  15. Zookeep

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    This is not a big hive at all, wish it was, not alot of workers even on a 80 degree day flying in and out, but will check it next weekend once just to see how its going.
     
  16. Zookeep

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    Box is about 3/4 full and bees still coming out of the cone not real fast though, so we might be coming to the end in a week or so, I saw alot of pollen but not alot of honey in the box, I might have to feed them the next time I go up. also picked up another trapout not too far from this 1.
     
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    O)k its all done :yahoo: nice size box of bees now in my yard :drinks:
     

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    My guess is it isn't done. Only 4 weeks. She may not have foragers coming out, but she still has house bees and new ones emerging daily. Give it a week and she will have new foragers if you didn't seal it up so they can't get out.
     
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    Took my 1st real good look around today in the hive, I Im letting them build some of there own comb and they have built half of 1 frame with all drone comb and caught the queen there laying eggs, from what I have seen she misses very few cells :yahoo:
     

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    :clap: :Dancing:
    Well done Zookeep! :thumbsup:
    Man, that is one looooooong looking queen. (long abdomen) Is she from the nuc you brought over or is she new?