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  1. #1
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    Default Barn extraction

    I have a feral hive in a barn, the previous owner of the property tried in vain to destroy it. Probably with something like RAID... they are doing great.... that is what I call survivor bees...

    When I get a chance i'll try a cut out and see how good it does in a actual hive...
    Right now when I walk in the barn I can smell the honey over the other smell of the barn...

    Any suggestion as to how to get it out... Im in no hurry as it is noe my property...

    First year beekeeping, 4 hives, 1 gift, 1 swarm and 2 nucs...

    cheers

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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    Where is it in the barn. Walls? Depending on the siding it's usually pretty easy to get at them. So many barns are just sticks and siding.

    But that doesn't mean they'll be survivors. Conditions change a lot from barn to box.

    1 gift, 1 swarm and 2 nuc's! Love that? Bee's are gifts no matter how they come into your life! Thats what I think anyway.
    Last edited by Ravenseye; 07-04-2011 at 12:14 PM. Reason: Needed to finish the post.
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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    outside wall, sticks and boards, the inside is plywood, they are fairly well set up... amazingly zero sun, always in the shade... they start off a little later than my other hives...
    about 15 feet up... fairly easy to get at, but i would rather trap than cut-out...

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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    Never done a trap out. Plenty of posts here though so do a search. A cut out would be easy there though.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    Does it look like this? https://picasaweb.google.com/1118636...InMidwestCity# It was a barn cutout, and sounds like the same type of conditions. Cutout....it is the best thing. Just my thoughts though.

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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    How soon do they have to be gone? How fast do you want them? Is the barn in fairly good condition? Are you being paid for the removal? And how far is the drive to the barn?
    These all come into play when planning a cut out or a trap out.
    A cut out can take 2 hours or two days,and can hard on you and the bees.
    A trap out can take 4-8 weeks, easy on you and the bees but requires as many as 12-18 visits to the property. I personnaly prefer to trap out if I and the bees have the time but will do cut outs if I have to. By the way I charge for both and next year will charge for swarm removal as well. Jim
    Stop and smell the flowers, 50,000 ladies can't be wrong
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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    I did one in a barn this year. All of the siding was tonge and grove. Ran my saw saw down one of the seams and started to pry away. Before I was done I had maybe 10 peices of siding off. Did my cut out came back in a couple of days put all of the siding back on as it came off. I touch up the paint and you don't even know I was there.
    David
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    Default Re: "Survivor bees"

    If they are not hurting anything why remove them?
    I have friends who have had a hive behind their chimney for years. The bees pollinate their garden. Most years there are 2-3 swarms off the hive. They like the bees where they are and they have never broken through into the house.
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