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Bee Wrangling, take 2

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Today oldfatguy and I met up with Chris and Katie from Hartman Reserve to relocate another honey bee hive that had built itself into some one's home. The bees had reportedly been there for a number of years.






First things first, we had to locate the hive. We knew where the bees were going in, but no clue as to how large the hive was or the direction they were building.





Chris drilled a couple of holes into the side of the house to figure out where a portion of the hive was. After that, it was time to start removing the wall. There turned out to be some abandoned mud dauber nests right above the hive. Some smoke was blown into the holes before cutting, but after that not much more was needed.





The bees didn't like the saw very much.




...bingo. We found them.




Now each comb was removed, meanwhile looking for the queen in the process.






Finally, Chris checked out a little further to make sure there wasn't comb anywhere else. Everything had been cleared out.











After the comb was removed from the housing, it needed to be strung and placed into the new hive that would later be moved to Hartman Reserve. The bees that stayed on the comb were brushed off with a turkey feather.


The comb was cut to size to fit into the boxes, then strung to bars with zip ties.






After each piece was strung, it was placed into a box. Which one depended if it contained brood (larva), pollen, or honey.





Some of the combs needed to be trimmed down in order for the boxes to be stacked together, but that was simple to do after having all the pieces trimmed and strung up.








After all the comb was strung and the boxes stacked, it was time to move the bees to their new hive. Chris thought he had seen the queen a few times, but was not sure if it had gotten moved into the bucket of bees.




Moving the bees was just a matter of grabbing some pieces of comb that was in the bucket and shaking them in...or just grabbing a handful and tossing them in. :rofl:





This process agitated the bees a bit more, so Chris gave them some more smoke to calm them down.




After all the bees in the bucket were moved, or at least attempted to be moved, a quilt section was added with cedar chips. This helps insulate the hive. On top of that, the roof.





After the hive was fully assembled, the bee wrangling group headed back to our house to eat. This also gave the bees time to migrate over to the new hive, where we hoped the queen had ended up. Chris, oldfatguy, and I headed back to the house afterwards and picked up the hive. The remaining bees still on the house showed no signs of the queen, which lead us to believe the queen had been successfully moved. The opening for the hive was closed and then loaded into a truck for transport. The bees had then finally arrived to their new home at Hartman Reserve after an afternoon of being bothered.





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Awesome post Tigerian!  Any stings on this trip?


Chris got stung three times, another guy with the group got stung twice. I had one go kamikaze on my forehead and another person had one that was hatching stab her finger.


How do you get the bees to go into the box?


Swede is partially correct. We had left the box sit for a few hours hoping the queen was in the new hive. Bees around the queen fan their wings to help spread the scent of the queen to find her easier. The smoke also triggers the bees to eat as much honey as possible thinking they may have to move soon, so moving all the comb into the new hive also helps in getting them to move over as they are still in the "I need to get as much as honey as possible phase."

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