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Been trying to get the queen to move out of a small log(log is about 2' in dia and now 3' long)where the hive is. I cut off and stood up the log and set a deep hive body on top about 2 weeks ago. I was told now you wait. I've been peeking through a crack between the hive body and stump and can see a lot of bees going into the the box. What should I do next? how long do I wait?What should I look for? The bees are real active. They robbed all the honey out of the piece of log I cut off and took it in the hive. Now I'll get rid of that piece it was about 2' long and half full of honey and comb but that honeys all gone now. When do I need to add another section of hive? Lots of ?????here and need some advice.
 

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ok, first thing i would do is check the hive...and see where they are as far as room is concerned....see if she has even put any eggs in there. If you see eggs, she may be in there already. Then go from there...
 

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your question is similar to my asking you to tell me all you know about each brand of chain saw ever made- in a space of 200 words. deep subject. join the local club, go to the library and do some reading, check out the search funtion at the top of the page.
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Is there a direct path that the queen could take to get into that hive body? Or would she have to go outside the log hive to get into the hive body? If so, you might want to make a board with a cutout in the center to sit that box on as to allow the queen to crawl up into the hive body without exposure. Queens are very reluctant to go out in the daylight.
 

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I did put a piece of plywood with a cutout that the hive body sits on top of the log . The queen just has to crawl straight up about 16" and she's in the hive body she doesn't have to leave the log or go out in the light.
 

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If you had a frame or 2 of brood, you could add them to the box on the top. Ray Marler told me this, and it has helped me find queens if i needed to. The different smell of the brood will make her come investigate and claim it as her own....has worked for me 99% of the time if i have to question a queens presence.....this could draw her up. I generally wait about 5 minutes before i look....and most of the time she is there!
 

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16"s seems like a long distance to force the queen or the bees for that matter to travel. My advice is to cut the log down to the point where some of their comb is sticking 1/2 inch or so above the piece of plywood that you place on there. you can try to situate that piece so it's between 2 combs above or use a medium in place of a deep where it sticks up. 2nd I would make a top entrance to the hivebody you stuck on there and make this your only opening in the hive. This will force the bees to go through the deep you put on there to get out and eventually the queen will be encouraged to move up to this wonderful new space. Check the hive every week or so, when you see the queen (not just eggs, but the queen in the hive body), place a queen excluder on top of the plywood between the hivebody and the log. 4 weeks later remove the log and shazame you have all the brood in the top box and they will move honey and stuff up.
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Maybe I should give a little more info. It's 16" from the entrance in the log to the bottom of the box. The comb in the end of the log is within probably 2" of the bottom of my hive box. I have not looked in the hive box yet to see what is going on. I would have but I ordered a bee suit and it's backorderd and I have been waiting for it to come before I start poking around.
 

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if they haven't already moved up into the hive body you put on there you should still consider cutting that extra 2 inches off of there. Seriously get it where some comb is sticking almost an inch up into the hive body that will get them more interested in moving up. Try to follow the rest of my advice about closing all exits on log and making them go thru hive body to get out.
 
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