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Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by reidi_tim, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. reidi_tim

    reidi_tim New Member

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    I got a call this morning on some bees that where in a cut down tree she told me the hive was cut in half. The tree is on her folks property and her dad is interested in starting a top bar hive for his small orchard. I was not sure exactly what she was wanting to do so I went to her dads place to see what he had. As I learn more he has a pit " was a pond before it drained into some under ground mines " that one of the local tree co dump trees that are not worth taking to the saw mill. One of these trees was hollow in the center and has a hive in it. Using an infrared thermometer the temp went from mid 80's where the tree was cut to 105'sh at 2 feet in on both halves and then down to 70 ish 3 feet past the hi temp. The tree was cut in late Feb. . So the un-known is did the side without the queen re-queen its self? We had a front move thru at the end of the week that sent us from a 83 hi to 50 hi.
    So to try and do the right thing I closed up the 18" opening with a piece of plywood. One side had the knot hole entrance so I only drilled one hole in the plywood, the other half I drilled 2 holes in. I also put some vines and stuff around the front to hopefully get them to adjust to the 5/8" hole instead of the 18" opening.
    I'm not sure exactly how they want to do this pay me to relocate the bees to a top bar or split the bees between us if they both are queen right. Thoughts in the back of my pea brain is to leave the mother colonies in place and to use them to do splits as soon as the weather is good, and in the mean time just leave them alone. Thoughts or ideas welcome...
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  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Cool. :thumbsup:
    I guess it boils down to if you want more bees. If you do, offer to do a "1 for you, 1 for me" deal.
    If not, they should be paying you to hive them. Do no more until you have a deal in place. :wink:
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Make the deal first, unless you are kind of like me and do it to get a new keep in business. Does he even have a top bar hive built yet......big step right there.

    Need to get those tree trunks stood up in the right direction also.

    Do a little homework and thinking on how you will get the brood comb on a top bar and remember that in a bee tree most times the combs are very "wonky"!

    Good luck and keep us posted on how it turns out.