Removal from 15' in a tree

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by RE Jones, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    A guy got a hold of me today, he has a hive about 15' up in a tree over his driveway. I will remove them on Sunday. I promise to take the camera this time!!

    We made an agreement that I would leave the hive at his place and I would take care of them in exchange for some honey from the hive.

    They have doubled in size in three months according to him and he is afraid that they will fall as they are on a small limb.

    I will keep this updated.

    Robert
     
  2. Bsweet

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    "on a small limb"? so this is outside the limb/exposed? Jim
     

  3. pturley

    pturley New Member

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    Sounds like hornets to me.
     
  4. PerryBee

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    I'm a bit confused (what's new? :roll:)
    I understand that in Florida you can probably have an open air hive.
    My questions are:
    Whose hive will it be? Is it yours and you will be giving him some honey from the hive?
    Is it his hive, and you will be getting some honey from the hive?
    I'm not sure if you are getting the short end of the stick or not? :???:
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    The only way I would leave the hive at his place would be if he bought all of the wooden ware, put it together, painted it, and paid me to do the removal, he could then keep all of the honey.

    If he is wanting to get started in bees or just dabble in them to see if that is something he really would like to do, let him furnish all the wooden ware and then help you do the cut out. Nothing better than hands on for learning.
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    RE will be regretting this deal in a very short period of time.
     
  7. ApisBees

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    If he has a sutrible lacation for a bee yard and it is convenient for you to drive to then set up a yard and give him a little honey for rent each year. If not you have all the expense and labor and he gets all the rewards.
     
  8. Zookeep

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    RE if I were you I would have my numbers big and bold on the side of every box and the frames, then there be no prob proving who owns the box then leave it at there house if they like for you to work on:thumbsup:
     
  9. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    Let me clarify just a little.
    I'm running out of room at my house, I have ten hives sitting right next to my house and I'm thinking that this is enough at the house. I work with this guy every day, have known him for 20 years.
    The bees and the hive will belong to me, I do have all my boxes branded, he will receive a couple of bottles of honey for me using his property to leave my bees on.
    His property borders a state park around 6000 acres, that is full of wildflowers and willow. It is on the way home from where I work and I will have access 24/7. The property is fenced and gates are locked, I will have a key.
    I see this as a win/win. I may have to eat my words later on, but if I do, I'll let you know.
    I'm loaded up and will head that way in about an hour, pictures to follow.
    Robert
     
  10. PerryBee

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    And now that I know "the rest of the story" :lol: Go for it! :thumbsup:
     
  11. Zookeep

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    lol ya talk about a little (of the most important info) missing, sounds great go for it:thumbsup:
     
  12. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Well now that is a little different story.
     
  13. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    Removal is complete

    It took over four hours, but in the end, I think it was worth it.
    Pictures of a "Florida hornets nest"
    This hive was the size of two basketballs. Five frames of brood(scattered) and a bunch of drone brood. I found two queen cells, one opened and one still closed. When I left, there was a huge beard on the outside of the hive. The foundationless frames had solid bees hanging on them.
     

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    That's a bundle of bees.:thumbsup:
     
  15. PerryBee

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    Wow! Nice job! :thumbsup:
     
  16. G3farms

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    Pictures of a "Florida hornets nest"

    :lol::lol:
     
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    What do you plan to do with the queen cell? I hope the brood anchors the bees to that hive, sounds like they were ready to swarm.....? :)

    May I borrow those stairs in the background for the summer?
     
  18. ApisBees

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    It sounds like it may have already swarmed more likely superseded if you found 2 cells, one open. If it was preparing to swarm I would expect there would be more than just 2 cells.
     
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    Impressive. Did they act like a swarm or were they more aggressive?
     
  20. RE Jones

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    Lee, those stairs were provided by the guy that I removed the hive for.
    Wayne, they were a little more aggressive than a swarm. While I was trimming limbs to get the hive down, they were bouncing off my veil. Once I had the hive on the ground, they mellowed out. Once they were in the box, I took off my jacket and moved the hive without any protection.
    I have to agree with Apis on them swarming, I think maybe they were superceding the queen. Judging by the size of the open queen cell, I have a feeling the old queen may have won that round.
    I put the unopened queen cell in the box with the rest of the bees. I think they know more about what to do with it than I do.
    Robert