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Author Topic: Catching feral bees late in the season  (Read 987 times)
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« on: July 27, 2011, 02:54:30 PM »

OK, here's a question. If one comes across a feral bee colony, how late is too late to transfer them to a hive and still expect them to be able to gather enough for winter. Or do u just watch and feed as necessary?
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 11:50:07 AM »

If you catch them in July, you may need to feed in the fall but it is doable.  if you catch them in August, same thing but as you get toward end of August, September, it is mostly too late.  You will have to feed heavy, keep them in a small hive body (I prefer 5 frames) and wrap that hive well for winter.  even then, not great odds.

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