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  1. #1
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    Default My absconded hive

    I have a colony of bees in an overhanging eave of a garage. I really would like to try to hive them but it's November in Michigan. My mentor says wait until next April and just try to feed them. Any different opinions?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    Not here. Your mentor is right - wait until spring. Good luck. -james

  3. #3
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    I would say to get another mentor if they give you advice and you think you need to double check it.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    Leave them alone until Spring and get them out on nice warm day.
    Regarding feeding, well if you are able to put some syrup close to the
    comb and cluster then do it.
    I personally would just leave them and in Spring I would get them out.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    Thanks all. My mentor is wonderful, I'm just impatient.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    If you remove them now, they wont make it through your winter. You will more than likely invest your time and money and end up with nothing in return except starved, dead bee's come spring.

    If you leave them alone you may get a great spring build up and end up with twice as many bee's for your time!!
    Coyote Creek Bees

  7. #7
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    April is coming! Should I get a hive ready for them? I have some cardboard nucs. I've read about trying to take comb and sandwich it between frames. I'll do some research but any advice would by great. Thanks.

  8. #8
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    Fort Myers, Florida, USA
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    I got to work with a really experienced beek recently, and he saved the brood comb this way: get some empty frames, a staple gun and some cotton string. The string needs to be soft enough that you can break it by pulling it between your two hands. Nylon doesn't work. Run the string in an accordion pattern from the top corner to the bottom, up and down, eventually to the other top corner on one side. When you are pulling out the comb, lay it in the frame, and when you have it filled, staple string onto the open side in the same manner. The bees will attach the comb to the frame and discard the string. Cheaper and easier than trying to sandwich comb!

    Reading my description, it seems unclear, I will try to post a photo later!
    I started out as an opportunistic beekeeper. Now the bees keep me...

  9. #9
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    Stillwell, KS
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    Default Re: My absconded hive

    I use rubber bands. The bees remove them for the most part after they have repaired the combs a few weeks later.

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