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  1. #1
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    Default Found this large open air hive today

    I responded to a swarm call today and found a waist high swarm with about 3 pounds of bees. I hived them with the queen this morning in less then an hour. About four hours later the home owner called back and said the bees were back. I said the bees are in my backyard and I am looking at them. They said there was as many bees back on the same branch as there were in the morning. I went back and sure enough another swarm same size same place as the last. Once again I had it in the hive within 15 min. While I was waiting for the bees to go into the hive I looked around and noticed a huge feral hive in an oak tree just two houses away. From the looks of it the swarms came from this parent hive. Both swarms have a queen.

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    Michael Leach
    www.nabeehive.com

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    Good show!...They were fairly high on the tree....hopefully you got all the comb off,....and smoking the wood good, descenting all.
    Grow shrubs & trees,...it's good for bees!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    Good job on the two swarms,

    Finding an open air hive is really cool! One day I would really like to see/find an open air hive.

    Shane'

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    Wow! That's pretty cool. Quite amazing how they build the comb differently in the open than when they build in a cavity. Nabeehive, did you find this by happenstance?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    hivemind, I just happen to see it while looking up in the trees.
    Michael Leach
    www.nabeehive.com

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    Wow, how lucky is that? Good for you!

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    Thats amazing, i didn't think it was good the comb to get wet how can it be ok like this?
    Thanks for sharing it was a beautiful hive.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Found this large open air hive today

    i found one to ,never seen an open air hive before,it was abandin though.and some comb had fallin of to the ground,way cool though.

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