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SamH
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:25 pm    Post subject: 12" bait hive Reply with quote

Hi all,

Was tidying the shed earlier and found 3x plastic square pots. They're 12" across and 12" deep, 27ltrs in volume. Do people think they'd be too small as bait hives? I've not got any other use for them...

Thanks, Sam
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's just about large enough 20-40L is ideal. Different swarms are different sizes and like different size bait hives. Why not?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks AugustC, I like your positivity!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted on this thread earlier this afternoon and for some reason it has disappeared.... anyway, the jist of it was to ensure you drill drainage holes in the feet of the planters as condensation puddles in the bottom because plastic doesn't breath. Debris from the colony above falls into the wet patches and starts to rot and stink and attract flies which lay eggs that turn into maggots and the hive floor rapidly becomes a very unpleasant mess.... I speak from experience here!

I haven't succeeded in or tried to attract a swarm into such a box but have used it to capture and house a cast swarm temporarily and although the swarm were ok, it was a bit disgusting and probably not a beneficial environment for the bees. I do know of someone whose swarm moved into a plastic planter bait hive though so they can work.

Good luck obtaining a swarm.
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SamH
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again Barbara. There are drainage holes, but I was considering an eco-floor in an attempt to mimic a hollow tree. The material should stay moist in the plastic pot, but drain freely through the holes so as not to be saturated.
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