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  1. Bee Forum
    I found this feral hive in a tree very close to my apiary. I hope you enjoy the pictures.(The pictures are right side up on my computer but sideways when I insert them here, any tips to fix the issue would be apprecited) I was hoping to find a bee tree this year to put some swarm traps close to...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Is there a preferred way to fill and/or seal a hole in a tree after removing the bees? Searching Google, it seems the most popular method is to use some sort of screen covered by mortar/cement/plaster. However, in a northern climate, I think that would develop cracks within a year or so...
  3. Bee Forum
    Have tried several times and all I get is upload failed. Cannot get pictures to show. Did once before, why not now ?? I give up. Found what I think was once a beehive on big old Maple tree today. Top of tree was broken off years ago - still alive growing in different direction now. What...
  4. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Someone near my parents recently dozed some land, including a bee tree he'd noticed. When he saw the bees were still in the dozed tree, now in a giant pile of brush, he asked my dad if I wanted to get the bees. So here's the question: Should I attempt to save the colony in the tree? If I do...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    A little over a week ago, I got a call from my beekeeping mentor letting me know he'd been told about a bee tree that had been cut down. He said he didn't have the room or the inclination to cut them out. Well, being a new beek and thinking "how bad could it be", I told him I was interested and...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I live in Charleston, SC. We are home to thousands of very old and hollow oak trees that are perfect residence for honeybees. For people with bee issues in non-removable trees, I have had great success with trap outs and have successfully started 4 new hives from those jobs this summer. As...
  7. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    I have space to put in one tree in my backyard. Which one should I get for the bees? Can't get bigger than 20 feet. Thank you
  8. Bee Forum
    An oak with a hive recently split with the majority of the hive falling to the ground. The bees are still clustered in the fallen log and there appears to be quite a bit of comb. Ideas on how to capture and hive? Should I just try to collect the honey? I don't know if there is even a queen.
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