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Swarm Advice for a Complete Newb

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Swarm Advice for a Complete Newb

Hi everyone! I’ve been interested in bees but never anticipated possibly jumping into keeping so soon so I’ve basically done no research yet. Starting from complete scratch. I have a swarm right now overnighting on a bush outside and I’m trying to decide if I’m crazy to try and put a box out for them to entice them to stay.

My potential plan was to make a cardboard box for them and put it near the swarm tonight then go get all the supplies in town tomorrow. Assuming they’re either still around or moved into the cardboard box, I’d then have a suit and everything to actually capture them like you see in videos.

Does this sound like a good plan? Is this too steep of a learning curve to jump into like this? How time intensive is the hobby overall? And what are the repercussions of establishing a hive and then wanting to get out of the hobby or chickening out if they end up being aggressive? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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