Where to locate new hive from Birdhouse cutout

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by TexasnewBee, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. TexasnewBee

    TexasnewBee Member

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    Ok, tomorrow I am going to a friends to remove a birdhouse of bees. I plan on putting screen over the opening/s. Bagging it and bringing it to my house. The next day assuming weather is ok, I plan to cut them out of the birdhouse and hiving them. At one end of my yard I have my RR tie experiment going, where I am trying to get the nest in the RR tie to move up into my hive. Once I hive these new birdhouse bees, should I place the hive away from the trap-out I am already attempting? Possibly at the other end of the yard, approx 160 feet away, to keep them from getting all mixed up or confused? Eventually I would place them next to each other (based on moving rules of course) once the bees are situated in their respective hives. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Place them where you plan to have them a year from now. If that is 3 feet from the log, it won't hurt anything.
     

  3. jim314

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    I would set them up where you want them to be permanently. I don't think it will matter how close you are to the trapout hive.
     
  4. G3farms

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    The screen wire over the opening sounds good, but the bagging???What kind of bag are you talking about?? bees will overheat very quickly and die.
     
  5. Iddee

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    Good catch, G3farms.

    DO NOT bag it in a plastic bag. They will cook.
     
  6. TexasnewBee

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    Thanks for the info and the heads-up on the bagging. I was planning on using a sheet to wrap it in, and use a plastic tie to tie it off at the top. I am not sure about the integrity of the birdhouse and if there are any rotted holes that I can't see. Looks like they have sealed off 4 large holes, about 2 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter off with propolis. I bet that took a while. Sad story on this nest is, sometime over a year ago the owner of the house was trying to get rid of the bees and poured gas on them! (oh! great new website by the way)

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  7. G3farms

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    I use a sheet all the time to wrap up bee trees. Just be sure to open them up when you get them home (remove sheet and screen), not the next day. They may be a bit testy when you open them up but when you get ready to do your cut out the next day they will have calmed down and still be alive.

    take plenty of pics and let us know how it goes.
     
  8. Bsweet

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    Set them where you plan on keeping them. The sheet will work, but like said remove it as soon as possible. Good Luck. Jim