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  1. #1
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    Dec 2001
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    Spiro, OK 74959
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    Just started beekeeping and have a 6 foot section of tree complete with bees. Need advice how to get them out and into a hive. Also, is it better to use an axe or a chain saw?

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    crown point, NY, USA
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    Hi,

    Do not do this at this time of year. Can you leave them where they are till spring? I would just make sure they aren't exposed to the winter and make sure they have enterance. You will want both an axe and chainsaw. Lop off the end so that you are as close the combs as possible but don't damage them (this may be done already). Lay the tree on its side. Use chainsaw to split tree longways but don't go to deep doing one side then the other. Now both sides are cut, not the combs. You now need 4-5 wedges and a maul.Oh, smoke the bees with smoker to control them and wear lots of protection. Slowly split tree with wedges one side then the other using axe when neccessary. In essence one half the tree should now come off exposing colony. Work slowly. Don't let the smoker die. Let them be if they get too aggressive and come back. Take your time save as much comb as possible. Its going to be alot of work so plan on having lots of time to do this. Have frames ready to go to mount combs. Look under the plans at this site and look at the swarm catching frames. These frames will speed up the work. Or use large rubber bands to hold combs on (nylon works too). Good luck.

    Clay

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    Thanks Clay, The bees are in a safe place for the winter and I was planning on getting them out as soon as the fruit trees start blooming.

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