Big bee hive being removed from our back tree

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  1. le_foxx

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    A hive of bees decided to setup camp in our back tree a couple of years ago and we didn't discover it until pruning back the undergrowth. We called in a specialist bee keeper rather than an exterminator so we know they'll be going to a good home.

    The hive got quite large to the point it was pulling down the branch. All up they say it would weigh around 80kg with 20,000+ bees, about 1.5m long by 1.5m round. I was going to attempt to smoke the guys out but Im glad I went the pro route after seeing it all happen.
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    80kg? 1.5m?
    :wired:
     
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    HOLY sweet mofo!

    So much honeyyy1
     
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    Very cool that the bees found a new home, can wild bees be used for food-grade honey production? Even better considering how many problems we've had with colony collapse syndrome.

    How did the apiarist get them to move into the box? Did he put the combs in there with the bees attached?

    My favourite animals :cool:
     
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    How much did it cost you?

    Looks like he sucked them in with the bee vacuum cleaner.
     
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    WOW :shock: how much did the bee keeper pay you? a hive like that would be worth quite a bit I'd imagine.

    super high five for calling him in instead of an exterminator, there's no need to kill the buggers, they make yummy honey! :thumbup:
     
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    Did he kill the bees? I don't think they'd withstand a cyclonic vacuum cleaner :confused:

    Poor bees :( they are like, threatened atm with that virus/parasite combo :upset: Hope they are still alive... just relocated!
     
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    wow we've just started keeping bees. good reason to not let our hives swarm.
     
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    It was free to have them removed once we found the right guy. We wanted to remove them for a while but pest guys kept saying no to the job! Also, they were vacuumed into a special box made for the job, they dont actually go into the vacuum cleaner.
     
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    The vacuums are designed so that the bees can withstand the force, so no it wouldn't harm them being collected like that.
     
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    Thats awesome, and you get extra points for relocating them instead of killing them.

    Given the amount of colony colapse happening all over the world, we need more bees, well if you still want to eat that is.
     
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    so I take it you didn't realise a swarm like that is worth about 5 grand (or more) to a bee keeper? lol you got ripped.
     
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    That is super awesome!!

    I would have freaked out if i saw that while pruning the tree...
     
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    THAT

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    AWESOME!
     
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    Did he find the queen bee?
     
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    My dad does this as a side job during the summer months. His number is with the local council and they forward all complaints/calls to him.

    The money is good, probably $50 for a small job up to $200 for something of this magnitude. It starts taking time to remove them when you need to drill through double brick walls to get them :tired:

    I'm actually surprised this bloke did it during day light. If he did it in the evening they would have all been in the hive for the night, and it would be a simple transplant job.

    I help out when dad needs a hand, but I'm not the best assistant... since I'm allergic to bee stings :lol: Once we had a big nest perched on a small branch, it fell about 5m out of the tree. Needless to say, I ran like all hell and jumped in the work van! :Paranoid:

    Unfortunately, a lot of the time you can't save the colony and they simply need to be exterminated. As it is we have about 10 boxes/hives in our back yard from collections, you start to run out of places to keep them.
     
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    sweet mother of god..

    +100up for calling the bee guy.. thats awesome
     
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    Atleast you went the relication route over the insect bomb ducktaped to a rake.
     
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    Could have they moved the queen to a box nearby and have the hive return to her in the afternoon? Cant they detect her pheromones or something like that?
     
  20. Scandrew

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    Yummy!

    Whack a bit of honeycomb in some icecream :p
     

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