Thursday, April 3, 2014
That Exposed Feral Bee Hive
Apparently there is some question/argument over who exactly owns the tree that contains the exposed hive I looked at the other day and there is also some disagreement as to what the various claimants want done with it. I got a call last night from one of the bordering land owners who wants the hive removed in a proper fashion that saves the bees.
In between rainstorms this afternoon I ran over there again to take a better look and I am now doing some brainstorming on how I might go about getting all those bees out of that tree. I think I maybe in luck because it appears to me the exposed cavity they are in doesn't go far below the broken section of the tree shown in the picture. Also since no one cares about the tree I may be able to figure a way to attach a box to the side with an opening close and transfer some comb into it in the hopes that the surviving bees will just move in.
Honestly I am surprised those bees are still alive. The gentleman who lives closest to them said that tree split and fell back in late February and those bees have been living exposed like this for well over a month and went through at least the last sub-zero dip totally open. Of course if the cavity goes down way far it may be impossible to get them out of there as the queen can run further down in than I can reach.
What I suspect is actually going on here is that the queen began laying eggs before the tree split open and bees will not abandon eggs or larva so they are staying otherwise I would have thought they would begin looking for a new home by now.
I'm going to have to give this problem some more thought.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!