UT Arboretum bee tree 4-28-11

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by G3farms, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Got a call from Richard (the director of the arboretum) and said they have a tree fallen with bees in it. Ol' Ben had passed my name and number on to them. Got there and drove about a mile back into the woods to find a big oak across the road. Richard wanted to know when I could start and I said the saw is in the truck lets get it now. After rounding up some help and their tractor the fun began. The combs are crushed together and I do not hold out much hope for them.

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    after some tree trimming and pulling out the section with bees in it

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    The crew and the bee tree strapped to a tree
    Richard, Bo and Evon

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    Richard on the tractor after Bo had to run for cover

    Will take the trailer up later to get them, thinking about cutting them out on site.
     

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  2. PerryBee

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    Thanks for taking the time to take pics! :mrgreen:
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Well crackerbee just could not get enough and came back for a second day, This time he had more fun than me ;) . After eating breakfast we headed out to the arboretum with the trailer in tow to fetch us a bee tree I had cut a couple of weeks ago. With the help of Bo on the tractor again off we went up and over the mountain and into the woods. Covered the openings with a sheet and stuffed some old plastic screen into the bottom, laid the stump on the trailer, a few ratchet straps and we were good to go. Not much brood at all in this hive, full of honey and pollen. Hive beetles were very much present and hiding under the bottom combs.

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    Ol' G3 laying into that log with the automatic wedge

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    the comb was not as crushed as first thought, some very old black comb.

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    Crackerbee had to go so we covered up the log and set the hive body no top hoping many of the bees would go inside, went outside instead.

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    After lunch I figured the job needed to get finished, sorry crackerbee you had to leave early.

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    After the queen marched in the masses followed, I did get to she her royalty march in, she was big orange looking queen, I figured she would have been a tiger stripe like all of the drones.

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    The cut out site, on the back of the trailer. I kept backing up into the shade.
     

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  4. G3farms

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    :goodpost:


    Thanks.

    And another Thanks to Cracker.A new member and new beek that jumped right in with both feet and became very active in both the forum and beekeeping. Sure wish other newbees were as active.
     
  6. G3farms

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    Cracker was asking me if I was on any swarm call list because he was not, about that time his phone rang and a buddy had a swam move into a big pipe. Guess who will be posting some pics in this section soon.
     
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    Thanks for the pictures and the video as well :thumbsup:
    I love the portable workstation as well, good idea!
     
  8. crackerbee

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    That was great you got a video too(too bad the video cam wasn't running when you were running after that third cut you made :rolling: :rotfl:).You sure whittled that ol' log down after I left,just wished I was there to see the queen marching in.Thanks so much for the experience G3,I'll never forget helping you with those cut outs.
     
  9. G3farms

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    Well you know those veils do have a zipper on them for a reason, and a bee in your bonnet will have you acting a little funny. Had to go out to eat later that night with some old acquaintances and had a big droopy lump on my jaw (aww sorry no pics of that :lol: )

    Glad you had fun come back any time.