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Create a Bait Hive

To create a bait hive, you will need a hive floor, brood box, crown board and roof.  

Place 2 super frames of granulated OSR honey (the bait) in the centre of the hive with frames of drawn brood alongside and new brood foundation at the outside. (Older frames are apparently more attractive too.)

The bees will rob the bait hive but remember where it is if they swarm later.  Using super frames in the centre allows the bees to cluster underneath as they do normally in a swarm.

When placing the hive, it must be raised at least 3 feet off the ground to deter other creatures.

(The pictures on this page were taken when we -Learner Beekeepers and Mentor - made a bait trap to entice a swarm from a hole in a tree to our lovely hive.  We even placed fondant on top of the crown board. Click here for more info in Learner Diary for March)

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