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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will catch a honey bee swarm with a bait hive.



Here are some threads on catching honey bee swarms with swarm traps:
 - Bee Bait Hives
 - Building a Bee Bait Box
 - Swarm Trap From Pallets
 - How to Attract a Swarm

Here are some articles on catching honey bee swarms with swarm traps:
 - Tips For Catching a Swarm
 - Setting Up a Swarm Trap
 - Attracting Honey Bees
 - Building Swarm Traps

Here are some nice videos on catching honey bee swarms with bait hives:







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must catch a honey bee swarm with a bait hive (swarm trap)

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of an empty bait hive
 - post a picture of the bait hive full of bees
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Bait hives.

I’m not sure how to claim evidence for this. I’m a lazy beekeeper. I don’t put out bait hives as such, I just leave my empty kit out and swarms move in. I use the exact same boxes as my normal colonies.

This year I have caught 4 separate swarms this way. One here in my garden, three at my work apiary.

I didn’t go out and take photos of empty boxes earlier in the year.
 
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Michael Cox wrote: I don’t put out bait hives as such, I just leave my empty kit out and swarms move in. I use the exact same boxes as my normal colonies.



That is my goal.  Building bee boxes is my winter project when it's too cold to do as much outside.  I plan to build as many as possible this year, put them out, and hopefully have a swarm(s) move directly into their permanent home.
 
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I hope this is the right place for my question. Apologies if not and I can delete if needed.

Are there any BB areas where building the bait box would apply? I checked under the woodworking areas and animal area and didn't see anything but I may have missed it. Thanks for any help.
 
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The only BB I know of for building a hive is Make a Holzer bee hive in Animal Care Straw.
 
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Or if it meets the requirements, it could fit under Make a box in Dimensional Woodworking Sand...
 
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Or perhaps in the oddball badge?
 
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