Bee Rescue - Will bees hang around until I can get a queen?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by dsoont, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. dsoont

    dsoont New Member

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    Hello all. Bees have taken up residence in an acquaintance of mines tree and he's had it with them. I have two days to get them before he goes to killing them all. The entrance hole was caused by a fire years ago and has now grown over leaving about a 2" opening and I cannot damage the tree. I think I can get the majority of bees, doubtful if I can get up in there far enough to ensure getting the queen. Since I can't get any hive and getting a queen seems to take a couple of weeks at best, what are the chances these bees will stay in their new hive until I can get one?
     
  2. camero7

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    Slim chance of success
     

  3. ibeelearning

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    This time of year, you should be able to get a Q shipped to you in 2-3 days... shipping on a Monday. I have gotten nice late season Qs from http://www.beehivebarn.com/
    I have only had luck luring if I add open larva to the trap hive... nurses gotta nurse.

    But, I'm with cam: a lotta work with dubious chance of success for a colony of unknown character. Some bks enjoy the challenge of trapouts from difficult places. I guess I'm just not one of them.
     
  4. dsoont

    dsoont New Member

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    Thanks y'all. I'm going to get them and let em fend for themselves. It's at least better than what'll happen to them otherwise. Plus I just like playing with bees! I won't waste money on a queen now though.
     
  5. camero7

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    If you have another hive or two, pull a frame of brood & eggs. That will hold them and let them raise a queen if they need one.
     
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    I hope it goes well. Keep us updated :) good job saving bees!!
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    if you have another either do a newspaper combine to that hive, or pull a frame of brood and eggs and maybe one of comb put em in a hive body with a feeder on top, be sure it has screened bottom or some kind of screened venting or use screen to lock the front door for 3 days. They should hang around.