Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue May 14, 2013 6:42 am

dissecting an active bee hive just prior to the Swarm!

I went to visit an old friend yesterday because he did some electrical work at one of my listings and I was lucky enough to see his completion of a successful & odd event. This seemed so rare to me that I had to take some photo's of this event for our forum hoping some new members may join who have some additional knowledge for all of us .

A 10' tall Bee Hive was found in a tree on land/Tree that had to be cleared. My friend Wade (toughest b@stard I ever grew up with) made this successful effort to move the entire hive to his home, dissect the active hive to take the Queen Cells and load them into their own Hive Boxes, strap the cut tree holding the main hive to a tree in his backyard. He first drilled observation holes top/bottom of this huge tree to determine the top/bottom of the hive and honeycombs (it was a ten foot section of this tree), he smoked the hive then swiftly cut this 10' section by topping the tree and then strapping a block N tackle to the remaining top, making the lower cut and then slowly lowering the whole thing onto his pick up truck, he then drove it home and raised it back up and strapped it to an existing tree in his back yard, he then used a sawzall to dissect it enough to remove the Queen Cells at the top that he noticed when doing his observation holes, he took those queen cells and boxed them in Bee Boxes on his property, he now has multiple active hives with very happy bee's, happy plants, happy flowers who are eternally grateful for his incredible efforts and his b@lls of iron

GG Wade...well done!
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Tue May 14, 2013 6:50 am

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like he's done that before. :)
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: samhill On: Tue May 14, 2013 6:55 am

Good for him & all of us, this past year or two has been very rough on the local bee-keepers, many lost around half with the drought & long winter they just didn't have enough to make it, hopefully they will rebound quickly.
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue May 14, 2013 10:23 am

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like he's done that before. :)


Whats crazy is he has not done it before :shock: The dude is an Electrician by trade and never really messed with bee's, but he does have a serious respect for wildlife and he is an avid hunter (dude raises rabbits and eat's em' n shyt :shock: )... He would get along swimmingly with all you Gun totin' fruit cakes here :lol: I should send him a link and see if he will join.
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Tue May 14, 2013 12:24 pm

dcrane wrote:
VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like he's done that before. :)


Whats crazy is he has not done it before :shock: The dude is an Electrician by trade and never really messed with bee's, but he does have a serious respect for wildlife and he is an avid hunter (dude raises rabbits and eat's em' n shyt :shock: )... He would get along swimmingly with all you Gun totin' fruit cakes here :lol: I should send him a link and see if he will join.




Whatcu talkin' bout Douglass?
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Tue May 14, 2013 1:28 pm

Flyer5 wrote:
dcrane wrote:
VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like he's done that before. :)


Whats crazy is he has not done it before :shock: The dude is an Electrician by trade and never really messed with bee's, but he does have a serious respect for wildlife and he is an avid hunter (dude raises rabbits and eat's em' n shyt :shock: )... He would get along swimmingly with all you Gun totin' fruit cakes here :lol: I should send him a link and see if he will join.




Whatcu talkin' bout Douglass?


Yeah, some of us aren't fruit cakes. Fruit cake is gross. The only thing it's good for is throwing at your neighbors.

That is a scary beehive. But pretty cool how he was able to take it and put it to use.
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Tue May 14, 2013 3:23 pm

dcrane wrote:
VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like he's done that before. :)


Whats crazy is he has not done it before :shock: The dude is an Electrician by trade and never really messed with bee's, but he does have a serious respect for wildlife and he is an avid hunter (dude raises rabbits and eat's em' n shyt :shock: )... He would get along swimmingly with all you Gun totin' fruit cakes here :lol: I should send him a link and see if he will join.


He must know someone that's a beekeep. There's some 'aged' equipment in those pictures. ;)
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: dcrane On: Tue May 14, 2013 3:31 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:
dcrane wrote:
VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Nice pictures, thanks for sharing. Looks like he's done that before. :)


Whats crazy is he has not done it before, The dude is an Electrician by trade and never really messed with bee's, but he does have a serious respect for wildlife and he is an avid hunter (dude raises rabbits and eat's em' n shyt :shock: )... He would get along swimmingly with all you Gun totin' fruit cakes here :lol: I should send him a link and see if he will join.


He must know someone that's a beekeep. There's some 'aged' equipment in those pictures. ;)


Yes, I think he does have a friend who is a local bee keeper (thats prolly where he got his smoker to smoke em')... it still amazing to me he moved this HUGE crossection of tree filled with 100,000 bee's :shock:
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun May 19, 2013 12:24 am

Wade and I have everything you have written here in common. :)

Been there ... got the tee-shirts. ;)
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: home harvest On: Tue May 21, 2013 7:03 pm

I keep a few hives on my property just for personal use. I lost all three this past winter. I've lost one here or there over the years, it happens, but all three hive was devastating. Funny thing was I left plenty of honey in them, and all three had dead bees sitting on honeycomb.

I'm so pleased he was able to save this wild colony. So many people out there would have just killed them because they were in the way. Others would have killed them for no reason at all, just because they could.

That's a great story.
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Tue May 21, 2013 9:00 pm

There has been a terrible plague of Varoa mites that has been devastating to the hives. I started with 115 strong hives one year and ended up with 35.
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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: whistlenut On: Tue May 21, 2013 9:26 pm

This is a serious problem for all farms, orchards and gardens. Without the bees, there will be food shortages, fruit shortages and lots of unhappy gardeners.
Here the bears don't mind trashing a hive or two, but that is just a yearly annoyance; costly and spoils your sense of humor. :!:
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Extraction, Dissection saving wild bee hive

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:34 am

Don't try this at home kids :cry:



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Re: Saving a Bee Hive / Expanding Bee Colony

PostBy: samhill On: Sat May 24, 2014 7:11 am

Another bee hive found & saved in Pittsburgh.
http://www.wtae.com/news/giant-beehive- ... olute=true
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