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Cliffey 

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Hi everyone
A bit of help and advice required please. I am away for a few days and I a call yesterday to say that one of my hives had swarmed. I asked a friend to look by and collect it. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so as the bees were all over the place in a Laurel hedge. He tried to collect as many as possible but obviously didn’t manage to get the Queen. Neighbours are a bit worried and I’m not back until tomorrow pm. Weather is very iffy with sharp showers.
 

enrico 

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Then honestly there is nothing you can do until you get back. If it is on private land I might leave a hive next to it and be hopeful.
 

Antipodes 

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Hi everyone
A bit of help and advice required please. I am away for a few days and I a call yesterday to say that one of my hives had swarmed. I asked a friend to look by and collect it. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so as the bees were all over the place in a Laurel hedge. He tried to collect as many as possible but obviously didn’t manage to get the Queen. Neighbours are a bit worried and I’m not back until tomorrow pm. Weather is very iffy with sharp showers.
Get him to attach (with string or wire), a frame of brood (from one of your existing healthy hives), on a pole as close as possible to the clusters in the hedge. The bees will crawl and fly onto it...bit by bit. When there are a good number of bees on it, tell him put the frame into a box (keeping as many bees as possible on it), as near as possible to directly underneath where the bees are in the hedge. Give it a good half day and they should all go into the box.
 

rolande 

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Get your friend to go back this morning if he can. If the bees are still there they'll be clustered by now.
 

Anduril 

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Get your friend to go back this morning if he can. If the bees are still there they'll be clustered by now.
I agree, if you have a nuc box available with drawn comb, place it into the hedge, tied onto a branch or on a stand and the bees will move in, I've used this method with leylandii hedging.
 

Antipodes 

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Hi everyone
A bit of help and advice required please. I am away for a few days and I a call yesterday to say that one of my hives had swarmed. I asked a friend to look by and collect it. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so as the bees were all over the place in a Laurel hedge. He tried to collect as many as possible but obviously didn’t manage to get the Queen. Neighbours are a bit worried and I’m not back until tomorrow pm. Weather is very iffy with sharp showers.
Hey Cliffey, what happened/what did you do in the end-if you're back now?
 
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