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"oh, you're looking for bees? I have some in an old house". he said

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I was wishing they'd be located ground level....but no, 12 feet up!

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luckily he wasn't very concerned about me repairing the house afterwards, becuase it had to pull several boards off to get to them, and it was very old and brittle wood...

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the bee vac came in handy....sucked about 3 lbs of bees....and it worked like a charm....

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here they are in the bee vac inner box..saw alotta drones

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due to the sticky mess that came about, that was the last pic taken at the site...honey-sticky honey was everywhere!


here's they're new home I hope!

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some of the honey taken from the old hive...going to feed this back to them...well most of it anyway!

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daughter had a fund raiser for her cheerleading squad....made cinnamon pull apart and put the little jar of fresh honey in the center

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Now, for the people in the know...the bees had lots of comb, and the honey was stored very high....but there was very, and I mean very little brood. maybe 30 or 40 capped, but I didn't notice any eggs or larve..?

alsp saw several, prolly 8-10 old queen cells..already opened...and I found one that wasn't opened..I carefully put it in some frames when I got home, becasue I;m not sure If I vac-ed the queen, or if they even had one, a laying one anyway....maybe they have a young queen who hasn't started laying yet?


any thoughts?
 

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I was wishing they'd be located ground level....but no, 12 feet up!
Always are :).




Now, for the people in the know...the bees had lots of comb, and the honey was stored very high....but there was very, and I mean very little brood. maybe 30 or 40 capped, but I didn't notice any eggs or larve..?

alsp saw several, prolly 8-10 old queen cells..already opened...and I found one that wasn't opened..I carefully put it in some frames when I got home, becasue I;m not sure If I vac-ed the queen, or if they even had one, a laying one anyway....maybe they have a young queen who hasn't started laying yet?


any thoughts?
Probably swarmed and now you've a virgin/recently mated queen. Sometimes they'll re-seal an emerged Q-cell (the workers see the little flap and just repair it), which may have been the cell you saw. Check on them in a week or so and be ready to introduce some eggs from another colony just in case the new queen was lost/injured.
 

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Like a pro... thanks for the photos. I add a frame of eggs if at all uncertain if I got the queen. It keeps the hive numbers more level and gives you an easy way to tell if she's in there. I'm not familiar with queen cells being resealed but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
 

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wish I had some eggs to add! this is my first hive..I'm a behaver right now, but am reading and studying all the time...

but the best part of all this is that my sone seems to really enjoy it...

he wasn't there for the cut-out, but helped wire the old combs into my frames and he asks tons of questions....he insisted on being there when I poured the bees into the hive...he got dressed and covered everything..we were both pretty well covered up...even though I see people on the internet working them with practically nothing on, I'm still a little uncomfortable..when we dumped them in the box, 1000's went airborne(might should have sprayed a little water on them, i don't know) we backed about 10 ft away and they were everywhere...i looked over at him, and he had his veil off! i was impressed, cause I still had mine on, and didn't really want to take it off, just yet! my wife said he seems more comfortable with them than you do!

anyway,I hope this will be something we can really enjoy together
 
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