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Checked my swarm traps last Sun & saw a couple of bees around one. Just a couple. This AM when I checked there were definatly bees there, so I waited til almost dark to go pick it up. The thing must have been 50 lbs. No telling how long it had been occupied. Moral: don't just glance at your traps, take a good look. Tomorrow I've to cut the comb loose & tie it into frames.
 

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We have swarm in one of our traps! just moved in a couples days ago. We're gonna look at it after it settles in a little better and hopefully have our 5th hive!
 

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Way to go, Fred. Give them 4 days or so to start laying before disturbing them. Then move them to the yard.
 

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Thanks! It's been 3 or 4 days since we noticed them, so...the next sunny day we'll look at 'em and see what we caught. :D
 

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Will do. This swarm was in the place where our first swarm was.
 

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Our swarm absconded. They left the nuc and moved into the trap that we replaced the other one with. Our other hives robbed out the box and it was empty. :(
 

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Wally's Baby Beek said:
Our swarm absconded. They left the nuc and moved into the trap that we replaced the other one with. Our other hives robbed out the box and it was empty. :(
Next time, cut a piece of plastic queen excluder and staple it across the entrance of the hive body or nuc. If the queen can't leave, they ain't going no where! After they are bringing in pollen and there is eggs laid, take the excluder off. Normally, they won't leave if there is brood.
 

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The queen excluder isn't a 100% fool proof method of keeeping a swarm in the hive.
Remember after swarms could have a small virgin queen and she can fit thru the excluder. Also some of the swarm queens are small them selves and haven't been fed to make them smaller so they can fit thru also.

I had the queen excluder screwed to the bottom board rail so they had to pass thru to exit. Still lost a couple that refused to stay. Best thing I have found is put in a frame or two of brood. I bet that isn't fool proof either.

:mrgreen: Al
 
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