Post by pokeyjeeper on Apr 27, 2017 10:51:07 GMT -5
This is my first time trying it I got some info here swamptalkforum.com/thread/30809/swarm And some from histropicker on here and YouTube I want to use top bar hives and there's and as much information on the as the traditional hives check with bk on here also sorry I'm not much help treehugger
Post by pokeyjeeper on May 4, 2017 19:12:57 GMT -5
Ok here are some pictures of my traps all finished I put beeswax in the boxes and on the top bars And this is the lure I will be using Hope to get them set out this weekend it's been raining here all day and going to rain until midday on Saturday will post more pictures of the sets
Post by pokeyjeeper on May 8, 2017 19:40:32 GMT -5
I finally got a chance to set out the swarm traps I didn't get any pictures but I'll tell you what finding a tree that is straight and plumb in the wood is a task top bar boxes have to be straight and plumb or you'll get cross comb bad but all four boxes are set and ready I'll get some pictures when I check them
Hey those are nice sets, I missed this post.. Good Luck with them.. I have a dozen traps out now but as far as I know haven't caught any yet.. been a few weeks since I checked them.. Man the woods grew up fast around here. but I need to get out check and rebait the boxes.. thats the nice thing about bees you don't have to run those traps every morning..
Man your right those ticks are about the only scary thing in the woods now. I can get by with snakes after the jumping back and flash of terror feeling..but finding a tick crawling on me is something I do not want to feel.. A few years ago I got pretty ill after one bit me.. Seems like there are more and different types of bugs here now than when I grew up here. I don't remember the bees having a problem with mites here but I guess we have to treat the hives for mites and hive beetles now. The woods are thick now but I'll spray down and make the rounds to check the traps today. I found paper wasp in a few last check..
Nice catch, pokeyjeeper. Get your gear and a good smoker and get them in your hive. Swarms are usually pretty easy to move even without smoke. Keep us informed on your freebees. Good luck and have fun in your bee journey.
Thanks bk call my a wimp but I want a jacket and gloves before I install them how long can I leave them in the swarm box before I run into trouble bk
If your trap is large enough, quite awhile. Always good to give them awhile to settle in, that being said....
Our traps use standard Lang frames and we just move the frames into a nuc. With your topbar trap, will the top bars fit directly into your topbar hive? If so, that was great planning. If they won't I'd move them soon as you can, as they won't be using the comb they started in the trap. You'll find that a swarm tends to build fresh comb at a rapid rate and it is great to take advantage of that. Fresh comb in a new location and the swarm gets to raising brood and making stores - both key to a strong new hive.
Get the veil and gear ASAP. Let the bee keeping begin.