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 +====== Using bait hives ======
  
 +Bait Hives are great for getting the closest thing to free bees as well as locally adapted survivor genetics, as possible.
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 +When feral or managed hives throw a swarm, it will look for a new place to build a nest.  It might as well be mine.
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 +====== Setting up a bait hive ======
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 +In my experience, the most success I have in "​trapping"​ bee swarms is by using an 8 frame single deep box hive.
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 +This is very much in the natural specs that studies show that swarms in the majority seek in terms of available space.
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 +It helps to add a frame or two of drawn comb in positions 5 and 6, and possibly a third if available, in 7.  Foundation-less frames with guides will suffice for the rest.
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 +People talk about using attractants to lure swarms in such as Queen pheromone or something else.  I have found that if already drawn comb is used, especially that comb which has been cycled through a hive already around 2 to 3 years old, is attractive enough to get scout bees attention.
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 +Once the bait hive is put together it can be put in place. ​ Desirable locations are within about 100 yards of a known hive that has thrown swarms before. ​ Also, placed in a tree or high location about 10 to 15 feet high is known to be well identified by scouts as well.
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 +====== Checking and "​harvesting"​ a bait hive ======
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 +Because swarms come prepared to build a nest due to gorging on honey before leaving the old nest, checking weekly on bait boxes is not a bad idea.  They will start drawing comb right away and if the drawn comb was installed, they will grow that much faster.
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 +Once the hive has been confirmed to have a colony inhabiting within, it can be relocated to the apiary. ​ Screen closed the entrance to prevent egress and allow ventilation. ​ Use a ratchet strap to keep the lid, box, and bottom board firmly closed together.
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 +Transport the bait hive to the apiary and if the bees have drawn and cover 6/8 frames nadir a second box at the bottom of the hive stack with plastic foundation in positions 4  and 6 with the rest being foundation-less.
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