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Honey Bee Question
May 1, 2011
8:35 am
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CindyP
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Our neighbor across the road has a honey bee problem.  They're in his tree!  His tree is dying and the city will not remove it with the beehive being so active.  He's called people trying to get them moved and no one is willing to do it.

 

My question…Will honey bees move to a hive if I made one, or how can I move them safely (for both them and me!)?

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

May 1, 2011
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I sent you a link to Steller Apiary … they can help you get the swarm or find someone near you who will move it.  You can get a hive from then too, I think.

May 1, 2011
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No one will move them?  Really?  Holy cow!

Anyway, no they won't move just to move, …probably.  If they get overcrowded or there's a problem, some will swarm from what I've read, but then where they go to is another question, but I don't think they'll move just for the heck of it. 

I guess he's tried to find local bee keeping clubs?  That's what I'd suggest you do to ask them questions too…  maybe there is a way to lure them to your yard.

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May 1, 2011
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Thank you for the link, Cathy!  I've emailed them!  I would really like the hive moved so it will continue to benefit the neighborhood….and if I can get some honey in the process, great!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

May 1, 2011
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How exciting!  I ordered a 30 bar Top Bar hive from this man… I love it!  Mine, with shipping and divider board, top,  legs, window, etc., was about 170.00, which I thought was fantastic, for a well made hive.

 

http://gilkeybeesupply.com/

May 1, 2011
3:24 pm
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One day a few years ago I sent my kids to play out at their sandbox and they came back into the house chattering about a bunch of bees in the tree right by their sandbox.  I thought they were being a little dramatic over a few bees, but I went outside to check it out anyway. There were (no kidding) thousands of bees clusted together on one branch of this tree!  It was unlike anything I'd ever seen!  It made my skin crawl! Turns out what had happend is that a local bee keeper was passing by our place (on a bumpy gravel road) and one of his hives rattled off of his trailer.  The bees followed their queen to the branch in the tree by the kids sandbox.  We called the bee keeper, he came the next day (while we were gone so I didn't get to see it) and was able to lure every single bee from that tree!  So I guess what I'm saying is, I know it can be done.

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May 1, 2011
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Oh it's absolutely possible for a beekeeper to come get a swarm.  For one thing, that colony was already displaced from their hive and swarming!  They were clustered like that on the branch because that's where their queen had landed and they weren't about to leave her.  Queens don't usually fly much, or actually fly well at all, so she just went to a handy branch when the hive got bumped off the trailer and the rest surrounded her to protect her.

That's different than getting a settled colony out of an established hive… especially in this case in a tree cavity which is different than persuading them to out of a man-made hive.  Trees can  be pretty tricky, no easy access etc.  Still, an experienced beekeeper can often do it, but it's not simple and I suspect that's why some of the people contacted have shied away from doing it.

I hope someone can do it, and I absolutely hope cindy can get them into her hive!!!  YUM!

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