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    Follow-up on Bees

    Some time back, I reported on a swarm of bees that settled in one of my trees. I tried to get the "bee rescue" people to come pick them up, but they wanted to be paid to do it.

    So instead, I made them a home and transferred them into it this morning (with their comb) while it was cool and the bees were inactive.

    For all the beekeepers out there, I know this is not a standard hive, but I just wanted to provide them a home. I'm not looking to raise bees for honey. My concern is whether they'll survive - it's a small colony - but I know they would not have survived without some protection. They were making comb in the tree and looked like they were not going to move on.

    The hive is about 18" across the front, about 15" deep, and about 18" high. The wood is white oak. The construction is a bit rough because I knocked it together fairly quickly, but I did use hand cut dovetails to fit the sides together. I used a French cleat to attach it to the fence wall. And, no, the finish is not beeswax, although it may eventually be.

    My father was a beekeeper, but I don't have any equipment. So I went to the Borg yesterday and bought a paint strainer (essentially a fine mesh bag) for a 5 gallon can. I put on a wide brim hat and put the paint strainer over it to keep the bees away from my face. But the bees were very docile - I might have been able to transfer them without the head gear. But better safe than sorry, I suppose.

    So now, I'll have to see if they survive the move. It'd be nice to have a colony in the yard.

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    Pretty cool Mike

    A couple of local farmers keep bees. Looks to be kind of a fun hobby.
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    Thats actually very cool.

    Did you make any frames to go in there? Or is it pretty much a simple box?

    I sure wish I had a colony of bees nearby.
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    the hive need a coat of white paint to keep the inside cool
    this is the start of something special

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    Pretty neat, bees for neighbors. Bet they will make better neighbors than Rob has

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray hampton View Post
    the hive need a coat of white paint to keep the inside cool
    this is the start of something special
    Good suggestion. Thanks.

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    That looks great, Mike. Your "bit rough" construction is quite a few notches above my "bit rough" construction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Pretty neat, bees for neighbors. Bet they will make better neighbors than Rob has

    Maybe Rob should start a hive or 2 by his neighbors fence
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That looks great, Mike. Your "bit rough" construction is quite a few notches above my "bit rough" construction.

    And yours would have been probably a nicely turned hollow vessel in the shape of a bee hive!


    Mine would most likely have been pine boards glued and pinned together
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Maybe Rob should start a hive or 2 by his neighbors fence
    And make sure they're the Africanized bees. That should really improve relations with the neighbor

    But seriously, that could get you sued.

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