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    Default Bee Log

    Ok , yall.....I'm new here

    In fact, I am a arborist who has never kept bees. I recently removed a large Silver Maple and encountered Honey Bees. Everyone wanted me to spray them and keep going....I refused. I returned the next day and wrapped the limb in burlap and lowered the log. I set up the hive under the guidance of a friend who has bees.

    I plan on setting a super on top and begin to feed to try to keep them alive. I have no idea how much honey they have stored. Any tips?


    How do I post pictures?

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    You should be able to see how much honey they have from looking at their combs or by the weight. Did you place the combs in frames or just stick the whole thing under a box? Was there a queen, brood or eggs? Lots of things to think about before feeding to see if they can live.
    Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.” John Wayne

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    I assume there is a queen...but dunno.

    The cavity in the log looks full, but its hard to tell. I cut the log flat and covered with plywood. I have one super and will feed probably on thursday when temps hit 58.

    can I post pics in this forum?

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    No_Bivy COOL!! Love what you are up to.
    There is tremendous interest in beekeeping in Buncome County. I understand the county's club has about 400 members so you should be able to find help.
    As for posting pictures, check further down in the Photo Gallery.
    Thanks for your time, Beehopper

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    can I post pics in this forum?[/quote]

    Hi Bivy -
    You can post pictures by putting the photos on photobucket or other similar site and then post a link to the page where the photos are into your message.
    Like this:
    http://s76.photobucket.com/albums/j3...er82007002.jpg

    Looking forward to seeing your log hive!
    Erin Forbes, EAS Master Beekeeper
    overlandhoney.com

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    Default Maine Beekeeper

    Your photo is a classic!
    It belongs on the cover page of a bee magazine or book.
    You probably have good memories setting in the green chair.
    Ernie
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    I have added a bunch more rock to stablize it more and a wire mesh over the entrance hole to prevent mice from getting in. I may wire with electric fence since we have Bears around here.....

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    Assuming the wire mesh is big enough for the bees to get through, looks like you did a good job! I was going to comment about watching for the entrance being covered by snow, and then I realized that you are not one of us nuts that keeps bees in the arctic!

    You are the type of arborist I would hire, but I'm afraid the travel fees would be too high.
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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    Since there's no way you can tell how much they have in the way of stores, you could cut a hole in the center of that peice of plywood and put on a bucket feeder with sugar syrup in it. If they need stores, they'll take it. If they don't, they'll leave it alone.

    After the first of the year, put on a body with foundation and continue to feed. Do this when beekeepers in your area tell you, since you're in a different growing zone than I am. Eventually, you'll want to coax the queen up and out of the log and into standardized equipment.

    Nice job! Definitely seek out the local bee club for support. And keep taking pics to document your progress.

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    Scored a deep super and a lid today.......Tommorow will be 58 degrees.....so I guess I'll set up the feeder on top. I was planning on two quart jars with sugar syrup. How big of hole should I drill in the plywood on top of the log? I will have one deep super and a regular one on top. No frames right now....figured if they survive I will move them in the spring to a real hive. Any thoughts?

    ps..going to a local "bee school" at Warren Wilson college in a couple of months.....and I might start advertising for bee removal since we climb trees everyday....

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    DO NOT...DO NOT...DO NOT...Put boxes on without frames.

    You can use a box without frames to protect your feeder jars or bucket, but NEVER allow the bees to move up into a box without frames. It will be a bigger mess than you want to tackle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iddee View Post
    DO NOT...DO NOT...DO NOT...Put boxes on without frames.

    You can use a box without frames to protect your feeder jars or bucket, but NEVER allow the bees to move up into a box without frames. It will be a bigger mess than you want to tackle.
    ok...so, when I drill the hole into the cover....I should place the feeder jar directly over it? I have a simple feeder, but it does have space for the bees to move out into the box. Whats the deal with them getting into there? I know nothing about this stuff..........."tree guy" trying to turn into a "bee guy."

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    the feeder thingy


    so far...more rocks, second super and cover on the ground


    the youtube of the hive the day we collected it
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvBwpppK9pQ

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    Default No Bivy

    FYI:
    The "Old Timers" used a method called Drumming to transfer bees from Gum Logs into modern Langstroth hives.
    But, wait until this spring when the weather is some what settled.
    Regards,
    Ernie
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    well so..........on the hole or in a feeder? how big of a hole? I was thinking 2"dia

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    Default Feeder hole size.

    I use a 1.5" hole made by a hole saw. But, I have sized down to 1.0"
    If you plan using a quart jar go with the 1.5" feeder hole.
    If you go wih a feeder pail a 1.0" hole is big enough
    How about taking your chain saw and cutting a the bees a roof over the exposed hole in the log. You should be able to slip a 1/4" piece of plywood into the saw kerf and toe nail it in place.
    Ernie
    Last edited by BEES4U; 11-26-2008 at 07:33 PM. Reason: added worda
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    Default No Bivy

    You're hooked. Pretty soon all those nice tree trucks will have flatbeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G. Laury View Post
    You're hooked. Pretty soon all those nice tree trucks will have flatbeds.
    already have those.......tree guy ya know
    yeah......I'm hooked

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