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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Beeseelevel, Nov 15, 2017.
I'm very new to bee keeping and I'm looking forward to learning more about it in this form. Thanks
welcome aboard, its good to have you, do you have any bee hives yet?
Thanks. No, no hives yet but soon. I am planning on relocating a hive of honey bee's from inside the walls of a house for someone. My only experience with bee's is watching someone work with them for a total of about 5 hours. The bee's safety is my main concern so thats the main reason I joined this forum.
what do you mean by the bees safety? care of the bees?
I mean the hive must be removed from a house and relocated. Heres the whole story.
There's a house with a beehive in the walls
The owner wants it removed. They have already had it removed 3 times in the last 10 years. (Bees safely relocated) but hive gets rebuilt by more bees. I want to start beekeeping and I want to eat the 10 to 20 gallons of wild honey that is there so I have the task of removing the bees and honey. My obstacles are
I don't have any real world experience with bees. Only know what I have read
I want to take them to my house and start a hive there but I live less than a mile away.
I want the honey really bad but not bad enough to risk killing the hive to get it. I feel confident I can relocate bees and get the honey but I'm not sure exactly how yet. I ordered a bee suit, gloves and a smoker and I can build a hive for them at my house. I can put the hives in frames along with some bees
But my house is not far enough away is it?
Should I start as the sun comes up, at dawn?
Should I leave the bee box loaded with frames there overnight so more bees come back?
I wouldnt worry too much about the distance...are you able to cut open the wall to remove all of the hive? will the people let you? doesnt matter what time you start once you open the hive there will be bees everywhere...get as much comb and bees out of the wall, then seal it up good and putting a hive right by the cut out with some of their comb in it should get any bees that were out for the day, thats a good idea, it may take several days to get most of them, most important is to locate and catch the queen to bring to the new hive location...can you see the complete hive? how did you come up with 15 to 20 gallons of honey?
Yes I can cut the wall open. It has already been cut open and put back together a few times. The bees keep coming back to the same location. In 2012 they got about 20 gallons of honey. They also tried to take all the bees. I'm not sure if they miss the queen or what but they are definitely back again now I don't know if the hive got bigger but the construction part won't be a problem for me. All this information is what I was told by the owner, although I can see where the wall has already been cut open and then repaired and I can see a lot of bees swarming around. Thanks for replying. All info is very helpful.
20 gallons, that must have been a BIG hive, unless you seal up every little crevice the bees will come back, when done taking the bees out you can spray foam all the cracks in the siding so they cant get back in..
That is a house with a bonus, and 20 pounds of honey is a good sized hive. There are excellent threads on cutting bees out and moving them to hives, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the Swarms, Cutouts and Trapouts forum.