This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Bait Hive

Bait hive with plywood cover and bottom. 1" hole is the entrance. Photo by John E.

Swarming is going on all over the state. Beekeepers that have not divided their overwintered colonies are kindly donating their bees to other beekeepers. Having a bait hive in a tree is an easy way to catch one of these free hive of bees. Using a deer stand in a tree is a slick way to put up the bait hive. A frame of drawn comb is a good attractant to get the bees to move in. The box should be a deep. Anything smaller the bees might not move into it.