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See post Evolution in Swarm Trap Logic from 2015-04-20
If you have followed this blog for any period of time you will know that I normally make swarm traps out of old equipment. It is only because I HAVE OLD EQUIPMENT LAYING AROUND. This has created a problem for helping new beekeepers source their bees. Well NO MORE! Here are some plans that will be useful to new keepers without old equipment laying around. I hope that you will benefit from these extremely clear and efficient plans.
I heard the guys south of me at the SouthEastern Indiana Beekeping Association had gotten together to make swarm traps recently. These traps are very similar in size to a 5 frame nuc and though I have never used them, the keepers from down near Milan, IN have reported success. Jason Morgan (see allmorgan.com) a members sent me a picture of a schematic photo showing all of the cut-out pieces along with their dimensions. These things were going to be awesome, but it gets even better….
I passed the picture around to some people that were interested getting some traps built this winter. One of the recipients was Jeff. Last year was his first year beekeeping. He designs things at work and was nice enough to make PDF plans that make 4 swarm traps from 1 – 4 x 8 sheet of plywood.
SWARM TRAP 4 X 8 SHEET
SWARM TRAP ASSEMBLY – Coming Soon 2015-10-13
SWARM TRAP PARTS LIST
Along with appearing on this post they will also be placed in the HOW TO section…
So I say to all of you new beekeepers…. MAKE SOME OF THESE THINGS AND GET THEM DEPLOYED… Take pictures of your captures and send them to me…
Thanks to everyone who contributed.
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