Wild bees setting up in concrete blocks

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Beefriend, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. Beefriend

    Beefriend New Member

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    A deep hive box is stored in our tractor shed, on top of concrete blocks. Wild bees arrived and seemed, at first, to be interested in the hive box, but now we suspect they have found a way into the hollow concrete blocks. We want them to stay, but in the hive box, not the concrete blocks! Any ideas on how to do this?
     
  2. roadkillbobb

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    can you get the hive out of the block?
     

  3. Beefriend

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    Bees arrived a week ago, so the combs are less than a week old. The bees could be taken out of the hollow tiles but we don't want to disrupt them and have them leave. How would we actually get them into the box, after we cut out combs and rubber band them on the frames? Thank you for your help!
     
  4. roadkillbobb

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    leave the new hive box right where it is on top of the block after you removed all the comb from the block and install into the new hive, I would put a sugar water feeder inside the hive to feed them for both giving them a good start and to make it more attractive to stay..just like you will go out of your way for a great ice cream place...there are no guarantees they stay...my hive swarmed and half left in early spring, the remaining bees requeened and the hive is doing great now...
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If you move the queen in a queen clip or queen cage, and their comb, the bees will follow