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Hi. I got wild bees that got under my shed. I do not want them killed. And lately have been toying with the idea of letting them be and instead harvesting them. I'm considering paying someone knowledgeable to build me a hinged access door into them and learn to live with them and perhaps get some honey from them. Have you ever heard of anyone doing this? Do you have any insight about it that you could share? All opinions appreciated
 

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In most states it is only legal to keep bees in a movable frame hive.

Yes, they will survive where they are, but access to them will become more and more challenging as the colony grows. Honey which may not be easily accessible will need to be cut out.

Best probably to cut them out from the start and install them in a conventional box.
 

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What is the service of transferring them to a movable frame hive called? Who do I hire for it? And what could it usually cost?
 

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It called a "cut out" when they are removed from a structure and put into a regular bee hive.
You will need to get in touch with a beekeeper that does this kind of work, not all bee keepers do this. It is hot dirty work that takes time and the bees may not live once they have been cut out or they may not stay. I do several cuts out every year and in my area most do not even flinch at $300. Sometimes I will put the structure back together and try to bee proof (seal cracks and holes and fill voids with insulation) to keep the bees from returning next year.

Not sure where you are located but it is getting too late now for a cut out in my area unless it is an emergency.
 

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It called a "cut out" when they are removed from a structure and put into a regular bee hive.
You will need to get in touch with a beekeeper that does this kind of work, not all bee keepers do this. It is hot dirty work that takes time and the bees may not live once they have been cut out or they may not stay. I do several cuts out every year and in my area most do not even flinch at $300. Sometimes I will put the structure back together and try to bee proof (seal cracks and holes and fill voids with insulation) to keep the bees from returning next year.

Not sure where you are located but it is getting too late now for a cut out in my area unless it is an emergency.
Thank you, I appreciate your help. I'm in Florida. So by telling a local beekeeper I want a cut out, they'll know I want them to take the bees out of the shed and placed in a beehive box in my property?
 

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Thank you, I appreciate your help. I'm in Florida. So by telling a local beekeeper I want a cut out, they'll know I want them to take the bees out of the shed and placed in a beehive box in my property?
Yep. the beekeeper may also be able to provide and sell you the equipment you need to get started. If you are north of the lake, you probably want to wait until spring as temps there do drop into the 30's. If you are closer to Homestead, you may be OK this time of year. Would not hurt to get things lined up now. Beekeepers get busy in the Spring. It is OUR season.
 

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Yep. the beekeeper may also be able to provide and sell you the equipment you need to get started. If you are north of the lake, you probably want to wait until spring as temps there do drop into the 30's. If you are closer to Homestead, you may be OK this time of year. Would not hurt to get things lined up now. Beekeepers get busy in the Spring. It is OUR season.
Very close to Homestead. Appreciate it
 

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You can look here on this forum for keeps that do cut outs in your area.
 

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Here is some more good reading about cut outs.........what to expect

 

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Pictures?
 

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He didn't rubber-band any comb from the shed into the boxes?
No honey or resources at all? Just a blank box???

Are you saying he took all the comb, put the queen in the box, and the workers followed, and then said, "Thanks, goodbye?"

That sounds pretty concerning to me. Maybe there is plenty of pollen and nectar in S.Florida, so it's not a concern?
 
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