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Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« on: July 15, 2020, 08:55:04 am »
Had two swarms this spring that I captured, both were good size swarms, placed them into 10 frames hives with drawn comb. Both are lackluster hives with good activity but not producing any honey.
Any suggestions on how to get them to make honey?
They seem to be filling the 10 frame box but nothing else, have placed a queen excluder and a mediun box with drawn comb but nothing happening?
Population and queens are good.   

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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2020, 09:20:25 am »
What all is blooming in your area? Is there a good nectar flow? 
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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2020, 09:33:23 am »
Swarms are good wax builders.  In the future you could put them on undrawn comb and they will go to town.  It's a good way to have extra comb available.  A swarm will normally produce excess honey if there is a strong enough nectar flow on.  As Zweefer suggested, are there enough nectar sources available? 

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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2020, 11:01:04 am »
Remove the excluder until they begin working the super. Then put it back on.
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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2020, 11:08:40 am »
We have a good wild flower bloom on and the conditions for producing nectar have been excellent. Still have a lot of white clover in bloom here and have a couple of hives with 3 and 4 medium boxes on doing great.
I will pull the excluder and see if that helps.
Started my first nuc and have already doubled it to two 5 frame boxes. 
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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2020, 11:20:51 am »


Third and last hive are the swarms have them in single brood boxes.

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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2020, 09:11:21 am »
Keep us posted gibb!
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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2020, 04:16:03 pm »
We are still in a nectar flow here, was into the hives yesterday the one swarm has finally started filling the medium super so I left them alone. The other hive was busy had pretty good brood and larva, I ended up adding another brood box on this one. I want to see what they do with it.
Had a skunk working my hives over caught it this morning.
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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2020, 07:58:48 pm »
Live trap or .22?


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Re: Getting a Swarm to produce honey
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 12:55:20 pm »
Poly live trap.