- Apr 23, 2021
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- 10 and a few poly nucs
Well I ended up with four of them to help manage swarm control. I can’t always inspect the hives when I need to due to the weather. Two were used in my new Abelo poly hives and two were used in wooden Smith hives (the top was cut to fit).I saw these on the Abelo website and am just wondering what people think of them?
Could these be useful? If so, how? Or are they just a gimmick? TIA!
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Three out of the four had been split and all had marked one year old queens. The idea was to manage the queens until swarming fever died down. The queens were put in the traps with one frame of mostly hatched brood and one frame of foundation. Any Q cells and Q cups were removed from the hives.
On the first inspections a week later the bees in the poly hives had drawn the foundation and the queens were laying them up. The same with one of the Smith hives but going through the other I saw eggs and larvae on the frames outside the trap. The queen had got out but hadn’t swarmed despite me finding a sealed Q cell in the hive, I had a lucky escape. It was no fault of the trap and a little bit of foam at the ends stopped any further escapes.
For the next few inspections I would remove one frame of brood from the traps and replace it with an empty frame. It seemed to work well but in one hive the queen went in the huff and stopped laying. The main thing was the hives hadn’t swarmed and it bought me some inspection time.
Some of the drawbacks were
1 Inspections took far longer and I had to be careful that the queen was back in the trap after replacing frames.
2 The bees still made Q cells on any open brood that suited them.
Although my main worry was that I was depriving the queens of laying space to the detriment of the colonies I only tried this when the hives were at their peak. The bees didn’t back fill the brood chambers despite there being a major flow on and after the queens had been released they were all laying as expected for the rest of the summer.
This is my first time of trying them and things could be a lot more different the next time. The traps did exactly what it says on the tin and would I use them again? Yes another two arrived home last week.
I welcome all comments.
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