Hive Five (Feet Fall)

There is a hive which was (still is, somewhat) blowing in the wind, up on a tree which the bees must have felt comfortable with. I call that our Hive No. 2.  It just got bigger and bigger and we simply watched, hoping that the hive engineers knew what they were doing.

They chose the tree & the height.

They chose the tree & the height.

Then came the day of …

The 5ft Fall

The 5ft Fall

We (still new to this hobby) frantically got on the internet, surfing/seeking information as to what to do and how we can “rescue” the colony, bearing in mind that to even to reach the fallen hive piece we were going to need a ladder!

The ‘safest’ way, we found out, was to build a catch-net to give it a soft landing – just in case it falls further. So off to Walmart I go for some Burlap which we ended up tying to trees around creating a hammock-of-sort. So now we have:

the top hive portion

the top hive portion

the lower 'broken-off' hive portion

the lower ‘broken-off’ hive portion

and the impromptu burlap hammock

and the impromptu burlap hammock

to at least give the fallen hive a soft landing IF it falls any further. I have wondered, for weeks, why on earth would they choose such a high up unsecured location for a hive.  Today, after reading this article, I guess anything is possible.

 

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