How to capture a Swarm - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

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How to capture a Swarm

Session 5
How to capture a Swarm

Capturing a swarm of bees can be quite easy!

Shake them into a box and let them settle in.

The following is not the only, but a very efficient and successful method to capture a bee swarm; with a less than 5% chance that they will leave the hive again. And if they do - simply repeat the process.

You don't need a purpose-built swarm box - all you need is a common two-box hive assembly with one empty box at the bottom and one box filled with frames with wax foundation for the top box.

For small swarms, up to the size of a football, an assembly of two nucleus boxes will be fine, otherwise you need two 8-frame boxes.

Most important is the empty box at the bottom as a swarm needs room to cluster.

When you put a swarm into just one box filled with frames with foundation the bees don't have room to cluster and will move out as soon as they can, usually within half an hour.

It is in the cluster where they start producing wax to build comb. In most cases they build comb onto the sheets of wax foundation in the top box.

Sometimes they start building comb underneath the frames; this wild comb need to be removed as soon as possible.

Putting a swarm into an empty top-bar hive is also very successful as there is plenty of room to cluster, i.e. no sheets of foundation in the way.

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