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  1. #1
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    Default Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    My Father in-law just informed me that he has 3 Wood Duck nesting boxes with wild honeybees in them. Questions, Is it okay to relocate these boxes to my bee yard without doing anything with the bees? When should I try removing the bees and comb from the duck boxes and place them into Langstrom hives?

    Thanks,
    Rodney

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    Myself, I would wait a little longer (60-65 degree days) and perform the cutouts there. Leave your langs there for a few days then relocate them to my apiary. I I mean your apiary. lol

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    I sure hope I luck into "wild" bees like you did! I'm not too far from you (about an hour and a half) so there is hope for my wild bee quest.

    If you're planning to keep and manage these bees to harvest honey and wax, then yes, you're on the right track. You will have to open up the duck houses and remove the comb to place into the new hive. you can cut the comb out and rubber band, or tie the comb into your langstroth frames. Just try to set them up in the same relative locations so that the brood area is more or less unchanged. Essentially, you're doing a cut out, but in a nice neat box that you can take wherever it is convenient to work on. Do use caution so you don't damage the queen

    If you're just trying to get the bees to your place, then simply seal up the duck houses and relcoate them. Doing this won't allow you to easily monitor the colony though. It all boils down to what yor goal is.

    You might also considering waiting a bit until it warms up. We're still pretty cold for messing about with bees. Exposure to cold air temps can kill the bees that have survived all winter clustered up in a nice warm ball in those houses.

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    Make sure there his boxes.. if they are state or federal boxes that is a seriious crime..... Just saying...

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by gmcharlie View Post
    Make sure there his boxes.. if they are state or federal boxes that is a seriious crime..... Just saying...
    Definately his boxes, he hangs them up along a river.

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    I would think it would be fine to move them to your apiary now - if you can screen the entrances so they don't fly out. However, just as Mr. Beeman says I wouldn't do the cutouts from the duck boxes until the weather is much warmer. Also, put out swarm traps right back out there as soon as the weather is warmer if you want more bees.

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    Also, put out swarm traps right back out there as soon as the weather is warmer if you want more bees.
    I'd be happy to come set up a few swarm traps if you don't want to. It sounds like you've got a great spot for catching them!

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    We also have a Wood Duck Box full of honey bees . . . we are in SE Iowa and if you are interested in getting these bees and hives you can contact me at flyboy.bob@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Bob

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    bchriste2608, would love to get them, but a drive from northeast MI to SE Iowa is a haul for honeybees. Maybe there is someone more local that would enjoy them.

    Rodney

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    Default Re: Wild Honeybees in Wood Duck nesting boxes

    I know what you mean . . . I don't know if there is anyone on the list near enough to get them. There are a lot of bees.

    We live between Burlington, Iowa and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa . . . it there is anyone interested let me know.

    Bob flyboy.bob@gmail.com

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