Bee Moving No. 2

Today, the weather permitted us, the Accidental Beekeepers, to move our bees comfortably and hopefully for them (bees) too, our treasured self-invited Honey Bees. For a month, we were ready but had to hold back because of weather conditions, visitors, county mosquito spraying, etc… etc…

But today, we did it! Unlike the 1st time moving, when things were quite disorganized, today we were more prepared and everything went smoothly. The job took only 2½ hours and we even handled some curved combs with no panic.  😀

From my Compost Drum to the new DIY Bar Hive.

From my Compost Drum to the new DIY Top Bar Hive.

Drum's screws were undone earlier; now to do the last 2 holding all together.

Drum’s screws were undone earlier; now to do the last 2 holding all together.

There they were, even building new combs.

There they were, even building new combs.

Drum's top half was removed; now the move combs' move begins ...

Drum’s top half was removed; now the combs’ move begins …

Smoking the bees

Smoking the bees

Update May 02/15: I’ve decide to add a short video which shows the smoking of the bees and some comb hanging.

Shaping the comb

Shaping the comb

Hanging nice and clean.

Hanging nice and clean.

More removal

More removal

Beautiful honey and larvae intact.

Beautiful honey and larvae intact.

More larvae and sealed wax chambers

More larvae and sealed wax chambers

Curved combs; last to be put in Bar Hive.

Curved combs; last to be put in their new Hive.

Not hung but placed in the corner for nurturing.

Not hung but placed in the corner for nurturing.

The lower half of Compost Drum - cleared.

The lower half of Compost Drum – cleared.

The upper half that had new combs. Combs got hung up neatly in hive.

The upper half had new combs which got hung up neatly in hive.

We removed the Drum and placed the hive in its position.  Ground material left undisturbed.

We removed the Drum and placed the Hive in its position. Ground material left undisturbed.

We did not take any honey as there were lots of larvae to be fed, much more than our first colony. Being more organized, we were surprised that the bees actually reciprocated.
Now, the monitoring begins … fingers crossed.

 

 

 

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4 responses to “Bee Moving No. 2

  1. Super cool! Here’s to the bees! Love what you do. 😊

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  2. Thanks. Those bees are just adorable.

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  3. Oh you brave soul! Kudos to you. I love honey, but am allergic to the bee sting. Thanks for sharing what you do.

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    • Thanks for your comment. When walking around the garden, the bees just do their job, they leave be alone 🙂 I’m allergic to wasp-stings but not bees ~ even have an Epi-pen at home. *urgh!*

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