New Beekeeper

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Jesse Young, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. Jesse Young

    Jesse Young New Member

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    Hey All, I'm a beginning beekeeper in New Mexico.
     
  2. roadkillbobb

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    Welcome aboard, its good to have you..
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey Jesse, welcome. I'm a beekeeper in Texas
     
  4. Paul Cottier

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    Welcome jesse! How many hives do you have?
     
  5. Jesse Young

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    I don't have any hives yet, I'll start in the spring. I plan on trapping two colonies of bees out of a retaining wall at my job and start with them. It's going to be an interesting experience.
     
  6. roadkillbobb

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    that sounds like a project, take lots of pictures to post, it would be great if you could get them, are you able to open up any block( on the retaining wall) to get the comb out?
     
  7. Jesse Young

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    No, unfortunately not. I'll have to use a funnel to get them out. The blocks are huge and the hives are at the bottom of the wall which is about 30 feet tall.
     

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  8. roadkillbobb

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    wow thats going to be a challenge, im not sure you will have much success without being able to get the comb out, all your gona catch are some worker bees flying out, and the queen will be deep inside that hive..
     
  9. Gypsi

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    it is possible to talk the queen into coming out, especially if you trap the workers outside, groceries stop coming in and you put some fresh brood from another queen in the bait hive where the workers have started storing groceries. I've done it.
     
  10. Jesse Young

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    After I got the worker bees out, I was going to relocate the hive near an orchard with a new queen.
     
  11. roadkillbobb

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    id be curious how big the hive is behind that wall, maybe try a bee vacuum with a long nozzle to get in deep or if you have access to one of those cameras that you snake behind walls to look for stuff could give you an idea whats in there..
     
  12. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Just a quick question. are you 100% sure those are honeybees? Because there is a variety of ground dwelling yellow jacket that flies like a honeybee and loves retaining walls
     
  13. Jesse Young

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    Yes, 100% sure that they are honey bees. There are several hives in the community and i got a good up and personal look at these ladies.
     
  14. Gypsi

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    can you close off all their exits? and what part of the world are you in?
     
  15. Jesse Young

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    I think I'll be able to close up all of the exits. I'm not sure how extensive the hive is or where they can get in and out other than that one main entrance, but I think I'll have to pack something around the stones to seal it up. I'm in New Mexico and the colony is located about 30 miles NW of Albuquerque.
     
  16. roadkillbobb

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    I would try soft foam to push into all the crevices around the stone, as this will be easy to use and remove with no residue left, maybe put a clear rubber tube an inch or so in diameter( you can buy it by the foot at home depot) in the widest area and pack around that and the other end in a box baited with lemon grass oil and some sugar water and frames with comb already drawn to keep them there and see if they will move into the box, check every so often to see how many bees moved in ..just a thought..