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  1. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    We got a call yesterday from someone who had a tree cut down. There were bees in 2 sections. We collected both chunks of the tree trunk that had bees. Don't know which one has the queen (if there still is one). How can we get the bees and comb safely into a hive box? Thanks
  2. Bee Forum
    Hello, I'm very very green at all of this (had family that kept bees, but I've never done it myself). Probably the easiest way to explain the situation I'm in would be to watch this video I took: This tree had a hive in it for over a decade near my home. It partially collapsed early Sunday...
  3. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    So there is a swarm on a tree branch about 2 feet off the ground in the town that I work in. I'm on shift right now so I can't captch it now and the only time will be able to catch it is in the morning, but it will be raining all night and into the morning. So will the bees be more agitated or...
  4. 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...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I am currently trapping out two bee trees in Ohio using the Hogan trap method. After failing to draw queen out with uncapped brood I engaged the funnel traps, they made superceding cells, and I brought both colonies back to my yard. After 2 weeks I'm seeing lots of pollen and honey, the...
  6. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have two Hogan tree traps in place, 3 weeks ago I added a frame of uncapped brood to each box. A week later both deeps had superceding cells on those same frames. I brought both captured swarms home and noticed 2 days ago the cells had hatched. How long should it take for Queen to mate and...
  7. Alternative Pollinators
    Habitat and Forage Associations of a Naturally Colonising Insect Pollinator, the Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum Bumblebees (Bombus species) are major pollinators of commercial crops and wildflowers but factors affecting their abundance, including causes of recent population declines, remain...
  8. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Had a guy call me about a big ash tree down with bees inside. I went over to do the cut and found about 5 layers of comb 3' long and a good bit of new comb. Started taking the comb out and putting it in my box. I was keeping a pretty close eye out for good brood and the queen. The further I dug...
  9. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have a removal pending on some bees in a tree about 8 feet up. Their entrance is on the top - straight up, from a chopped off tree trunk. Any suggestions for a trap out. A standard trap-out does not look like it will work. I might have to rig up something with a hole in the bottom they can...
  10. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Hello all, I'm considering adding a few trees to the yard and was considering helping out the bees at the same time. What tree would provide an extremely early pollen source in North Texas - to give my gals a head start.. any ideas? Thanks! Daniel
  11. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    This was our first year as new beekeepers. We would like to plan for having something constantly in bloom throughout the seasons. We are surrounded by canola and grain farmers. We have a small lake with some marshy area on one end with early willows. About 30 acres of lightly forested native...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Got called to do a removal in a tree yesterday. The tree was located in a burned over section of a pine forest in an old hollow oak on the side of a mountain about 8500' feet up. Very interesting, had to use a bulldozer and a backhoe to section off the hive, which was about 20 feet up - all on a...
  13. Bee Forum
    Hello All: So, I had an interesting morning today. At about 0830 I decided to take my dogs out to handle their business before we bedded down to sleep (my family and I are night owls). I say, "Let's go see the bees" and they tear out of the door and head to the back yard where my hive is. They...
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