bagging a swarm

Beekeeping & Apiculture Forum

Help Support Beekeeping & Apiculture Forum:

sahtlinurk 

House Bee
Joined
Apr 16, 2009
Messages
334
Reaction score
0
Location
uk, Abingdon
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
12
I was just wondering that the swarm i had last Thursday ( pics under "another swarm" thread) would have been much easier to handle with paper bag than my nuce/swarm box. Just slide branch with the bees in the paper bag ( the ones from Primark should suit, thick and big), cut the branch, close the bag with plastic ziptie and off you go:) Any one tried?

Doesn't work probably when don't have the "perfect" shape.

Lauri
 

sahtlinurk 

House Bee
Joined
Apr 16, 2009
Messages
334
Reaction score
0
Location
uk, Abingdon
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
12
paper bag will tolerate some air holes, don't think suffocation being a problem. just for moving away from the site. Should be much faster than shaking it all over the place and waiting for all the bees to get in the box.. Priority after bagging should be nuce/swarm box/Hive ASAP.

Lauri
 

jezd 

Drone Bee
Joined
May 12, 2009
Messages
1,541
Reaction score
2
Location
UK
Hive Type
other
Number of Hives
299.1
I have been told that you can use a potato sack, not sure myself.

Jez
 

admin 

Queen Bee
Beekeeping Sponsor
Joined
Jul 28, 2008
Messages
6,392
Reaction score
3
Location
Hampshire uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
6
I have been told that you can use a potato sack, not sure myself.

Jez
Potato sacks are very handy,my wife has one over her head when we go out :svengo::laughing-smiley-004
 

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,652
Reaction score
6
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9 and 18 Nucs
I do think suffocation might be an issue which is why I thought to mention it.

There are very good reasons for taking the time to use Nuc boxes and skeps and cloths to do the job.

I repeat, dead bees gather no honey.

PH
 

Latest posts

Top