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A customer in Clermont, FL had some bees move into a small box on a bench on his small farm. He ordered a hive from me to accommodate this newly-arrived swarm which had been there approx one week. I cut-out the bees and installed them into their new hive, all in the same afternoon.

Here's how it all unfolded:

 

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Thanks for sharing PatBeek. I'm newer to the top bars and have been afraid of the jarring shake off method to remove bees, as I must have done it differently and broke comb off, it was also very fresh comb. I also like your squish attach method for attaching comb, I've built frames to attach broken comb into my top bar hives then just remove them when the bees have mostly emerged or the comb gets built too funky.
 

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Thanks for sharing PatBeek. I'm newer to the top bars and have been afraid of the jarring shake off method to remove bees, as I must have done it differently and broke comb off, it was also very fresh comb. I also like your squish attach method for attaching comb, I've built frames to attach broken comb into my top bar hives then just remove them when the bees have mostly emerged or the comb gets built too funky.
Thanks so much for the kind words.

Well, let me clarify the 'squish' method you referred to. I actually have top bars of which I pre-made half-inch hardware cloth formed into an 'L' and to where the ends are cut to where there are stabbing-ends so I can easily just stab the comb on to each bar.


 

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I'm sure you all have been losing sleep wondering the fate of this particular cut-out and
installation into their new hive.

The customer emailed me yesterday and said his bees are booming. He went into the hive and found brood, so that means the queen is alive and kickin.

I never actually saw the queen during that operation, but I had a good feeling I got her in also.

Now you can all rest easy.

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That comb is sooo beautiful!
 
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