bagging a swarm

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sahtlinurk

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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
 
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
 
I have been told that you can use a potato sack, not sure myself.

Jez
 
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
 
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