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I put out my first ever bait hive last week. 1-2 scout bees turned up within 24 hours. For the past couple of days there have been 12-20 bees showing an interest. Does scout activity like this keep increasing (if they are keen on the possible new home)?
Is the scout activity still ongoing?
 

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Some of the more experienced beeks have established bait hive locations, does that make a difference?
If one swarm liked a location chances are another will too, after all they're looking for the same parameters.
If you know any beekeepers near yourself try raising the topic of swarm control in conversation, I found two people keeping bees very near me who do no swarm control at all (🤦‍♂️) so my traps go near their apiaries.
 

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If one swarm liked a location chances are another will too, after all they're looking for the same parameters.
If you know any beekeepers near yourself try raising the topic of swarm control in conversation, I found two people keeping bees very near me who do no swarm control at all (🤦‍♂️) so my traps go near their apiaries.
I have a bait hive out as there are a number of beeks in the village. No sign of scout bees so far, but the weather has been poor. Yet another frost last night.
 

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Not seen a single scout at any of my six traps....
You’re in Cumbria?
Have any swarms been reported in your area?
Im a little further south than you and the earliest swarm I have ever had was May 19th last year and early build up was phenomenal before it all came crashing down.
Patience, Grasshopper
 

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Not seen a single scout at any of my six traps....
Still very early. Weather looking cold and showery for the next couple of weeks up here in Scotland.
 

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Annoying thing is that I've had swarm cells in 3 hives, but still no scout bees at my traps! My bees are like "yeah, we're going to swarm, but not into those things lol"

Ho hum.
 

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Annoying thing is that I've had swarm cells in 3 hives, but still no scout bees at my traps! My bees are like "yeah, we're going to swarm, but not into those things lol"

Ho hum.
And have your bees swarmed? 😉
 

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You’re in Cumbria?
Have any swarms been reported in your area?
Im a little further south than you and the earliest swarm I have ever had was May 19th last year and early build up was phenomenal before it all came crashing down.
Patience, Grasshopper
I know, I know....I’m just keen to get my first colony and the swarm traps seem to be my best bet. I missed out last summer and don’t want to let another year slip by without getting started!
 

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I know, I know....I’m just keen to get my first colony and the swarm traps seem to be my best bet. I missed out last summer and don’t want to let another year slip by without getting started!
Working alongside another beekeeper , helping with their bees, is the best way to get an intro to bees and to learn . I supply a free nucs to anyone , who shows enthusiasm and who does this with me. Might be worth a thought.
 

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Working alongside another beekeeper , helping with their bees, is the best way to get an intro to bees and to learn . I supply a free nucs to anyone , who shows enthusiasm and who does this with me. Might be worth a thought.
Having observed the effects of beginners struggling solo to keep collected swarms under control last year when lockdown prevented intervention by mentors its worth uttering a word of caution about starting out with swarmy bees.
 

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I requeen any swarm I catch. Period.

Unless they pass the "no running, no following and no stinging" test.
 

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I had an odd one a few years ago. "Scout bees" (no swarming possible) from a Q- colony preferred my synthetic queen essence (2 drops lemongrass one geranium) to none at all and set up an outpost tiny colony in the bait hive. I think I shook them back when I put in the cell or LQ or whatever I did and they didn't repeat. But it shows my recipe wasn't too far off.
 

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I keep seeing two or three scouts around and in my bait hive but so far no numbers like I had last year - albeit in mid May just before a large prime swarm arrived. They were very Ligurian coloured, built up amazingly fast but provided no stores so they received a new queen courtesy my best colony.
Michael
 

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Working alongside another beekeeper , helping with their bees, is the best way to get an intro to bees and to learn . I supply a free nucs to anyone , who shows enthusiasm and who does this with me. Might be worth a thought.
Totally agree. I’m desperate to gain as much experience as possible. I’ve found a local farm where I can set up an apiary and there’s another beekeeper going to keep some hives there too. I’m hoping he’ll show me the ropes....
 

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