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I'm new here and have a lot of questions about a bee hive I picked up. I guess I'll start from the beginning. I run a sawmill and have a log truck and was called to a local church where a locust tree was cut down. Most was cut into firewood and hauled away. But some sections were left one section was about 2' in dia and 6' long hollow and filled with honey bees. I have a 25' reach with the grapple on my truck so I set this section on top in the back and brought it to my mill yard. Someone suggested I cover up the ends of the log so the bees didn't freeze. So I busted a bale of hay open andput it at each end last fall. Much to my surprise the bees are alive and well now. So here comes the questions. What do I do now? How can I get them into a man made hive?. My dad has a smoker (how he got it nobody knows)what do you put in the smoker to smoke? I'm kind of thinking I'm in over my head and need help here. Someone told me I have to remove the queen bee by hand to the new hive. I haven't got a clue how to tell one bee from another and I'm sure not going to sort through them all in the smoke in the dark to try to find her even if they would let me. But I sure would like to set up a hive and have my own honey.I got a lot more questions but I gotta start someplace
 

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Hello and welcome!

First, there's a lot you can learn here. The "How to Start Beekeeping" subforum has a lot of good info on the basics. Also check your local library for books/videos on beekeeping. The Internet has a multitude of excellent sites on beginning beekeeping, one I highly recommend is Michael Bush's site:
http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

As for getting bees out of log - seems like someone posted some pictures of doing that awhile back. I'll try to find them later today and post a link. ... It's later:
http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com/2009/08/bee-tree-huge-success.html

http://s196.photobucket.com/albums/aa190/Drew454/

http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/February252009#

In the meantime, consider calling some reinforcements at a local club. Clubs are great places for finding mentors and getting connected with local beekeepers. Here are links to NJ & PA clubs:
http://njbeekeepers.org/LocalBranches.htm

http://www.pastatebeekeepers.org/Reports/Map/Contacts and Inspectors.htm#
 

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1) is the tree in the same position it was while standing? if so ok, if not as long as it is close is ok.
2) get a deep hive body, frames, a cover, queen excluder, and a piece of plywood (NOT OSB) big enough to cover the hole in the top of log
3) cut a square in the plywood the same size as the INSIDE of the hive body
4) remove all obstructions from the top of the log and ensure the top is flat and as level as you can without using a level to set it.
5) place plywood over end of log, place hive body over cutout, place frames in hive, and add cover
6) now the hard part, WAIT. watch for the nectar flows to start, and about every week lightly smoke the box and look for eggs in the cells, if you are unsure what you are looking for, find a local beekeeper, and ask for help.
7) when you find eggs look for queen in hive body, if found, place queen excluder UNDER hive body.
8) as frames are drawn monitor box at 80% drawn (8 of 10 frames drawn)move outside frames in 1 frame, when they are drawing them add second deep hive body.
9) in spring remove hive from on top of log, and add base, and place on stand to keep off ground.

you should now have a hive of bees in INSPECTABLE equiptment.

Good luck!!!!! and
 

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"Drumming" is an old term that's used to move the bees up and out of a gum log which is similar ti what you have.
it's probably in the ABC abd ZYZ of Beekeeping
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Now to answer some questions. The log has been lying on it's side since sept of last year. The bees seem to be very active. They are not going in or out through the end but seem to be using a hole or something now on the bottom about 16" from the one end. They land and walk in under and disappear. My brother has a friend in NY state that has kept bees for 25 years so I had a long talk with him. He gave me a name of a place to get a bee keeping kit and told me what I should get So I ordered it. One of the guys that works for me at my mill has a friend that has kept bees many years and said he would be more than happy to help me get the queen out and into the hive. so as soon as I can get everything togeather I want to make this happen. I've been trying to read all the links and info you guys have posted but there's so much info and differant opinions to take in and I'm not up on all the differant terms and names of things it gets confussing :s:s
 

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don't worry sawyer, if you ask 10 different beekeepers the same question, you will get at least 11 answers. but really, the right answer is what works for the bees. but we are all interested in how it turns out for you.
 

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Just an update today I had a beekeeper come to help me. We cut the log in half stood it up and set a deep super on top :thumbsup:. So now I guess I wait. The bee keeper (the honey lady) as she's called gave me a lot of information and was very helpful and she took lots of pictures. Altho I can't get the picture posting thing down.
 

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Just an update today I had a beekeeper come to help me. We cut the log in half stood it up and set a deep super on top :thumbsup:. So now I guess I wait. The bee keeper (the honey lady) as she's called gave me a lot of information and was very helpful and she took lots of pictures. Altho I can't get the picture posting thing down.
hold your head HIGH ..... you are now a BEEKER and you done at least another million things RIGHT today

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http://longlangwithlegs.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html
 
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