Hi Everyone. I have a question for the experts. Five years ago I discovered a "wild" hive of bees on some family property. I visit it every so often and every time I go, the bees are buzzing around in large numbers seemingly very very healthy. They made a home in a cherry tree that is still alive, but has a good size hole maybe 7-8 ft up. How deep it goes is anyones guess. They have been there at least 5 years, likely a good deal longer. The area is what I consider quite good for bees. They are a stones throw from 7 acres of golden rod. My guess is that the bees have all they need to get through the winter with that.
I have wanted to keep my own bees for several years now but am concerned that getting equipment and a package of bees might cause the wild hive to contract diseases/mites. I dont want to do anything to hurt the wild ones. They seem to have reasonable temperment as I can literally walk right up to the tree, within a few feet and they are not bothered by me.
Also... I have limited time to care for bees. Seeing this wild hive makes me wonder if I can get equipment and leave the bees alone and collect a minimal amount of honey from them???
Dan in NY