Bee Tree

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by Bens-Bees, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    Got a call this morning about a fallen bee-tree. Turns out it was just a limb but the tree was 100+ yrs old and the limb looked like it was probably 70 years old. The bees weren't too thrilled but weren't too bad either. I vacuumed up as many as I could then cut the limb to put screen over their entrances and hauled the limb home where I opened up one entrance as well as my bee vac. Gotta go back in the morning for another section of the hive that I didn't have time to get before I had to pick up my son from school. Pics will follow.

    Got popped 3 times on the ankle, in the same or nearly the same spot... dadgum alarm phermone!
     
  2. PerryBee

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    If I had to say where I get popped more often, it's the ankles. Course it doesn't help that all I usually wear is runners.
     

  3. Bens-Bees

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    Went back for the other part today... man oh man was this a long hive... Took two more logs filled with bees that really wanted a piece of me... at one point they launched an all-out assault on me for a good 20 minutes. They got me too... 12 times... through the suit. Man oh man I'm glad I always suit up, that would have been bad otherwise. Anyway... pics are a commin' tonight.
     
  4. PerryBee

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    "12 times"
    Some of those pics gonna show you all puffed up?
    Often we say "free bees" when catching a swarm or doing a trap or cut out but I figure after getting popped a few times, they aren't exactly "free", they've been paid for! :mrgreen:
     
  5. Iddee

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    But, after you spend 4 to 6 hours in the heat to get them in a hive and home, then they take off into the wild, blue yonder the next day, they are freeeeeeee........
     
  6. Bens-Bees

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    Iddee, I would hunt them down and kill them all one by one... lol I have worked too hard for this already... and I haven't even done the main cutout... that'll come this weekend I hope.

    Here are the pics I promised...
     

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    That's a lot of bees and if that was just the limb (3rd pic) that must have been some tree!
     
  8. Iddee

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    Your house in pic one, your wife's house in pic two?????

    OK!! :shock: :lol:

    That ought to make a nice hive when you get them moved.
     
  9. Bens-Bees

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    100+ years old is what I was told. It's about 5' in diameter at the base, so I believe it. Looked like oak leaves to me, so that's what I'm guessing it is.

    Neither... both were neighbor's houses... one is the neighbor behind and to the right of my lot and the other is the neighbor beside my lot just to the right.
     
  10. Bens-Bees

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    Thought I'd share some of the pics from where this was cut up and the bees removed from it... The guy in the pics is Michael Bush, but not the same one as most of you are familiar with... he's a new beekeeper that I'm mentoring.
     

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  11. G3farms

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    good pics Ben.

    Is Michael in our bee club?
     
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    Yeah, he was one of this years' grant-hive winners.
     
  13. G3farms

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    Good deal glad you are taking the time to mentor him :thumbsup:

    Crackerbee and myself are going after a bee tree this morning, I am not holding my breath for them to be doing very well, lots of comb damage was done when the tree fell which was two weeks ago. I would say SHB has had their way with them, we'll see.