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Bee Decision

Category: Bees | Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:31 am

Well, after having a little time to think about it I have decided that I enjoy the bees too much to give them up, despite the allergic reaction that I wrote about a couple of weeks back. I got my first opportunity to work in full gear yesterday. I split a hive earlier this year and moved one to my brother's house. Unfortunately, I lost a hive at my house, so I wanted to bring the hive from his house back to mine.

After it got dark my youngest son and I headed over there to bring it back. Ever since I moved that hive they have wanted to hang out on the outside of the box. I didn't think it was going to be a big deal, but after I got there and started looking I realized that if I moved it I was going to lose a lot of bees simply because there were so many on the outside of the box. So, I'm going to go back and add another super. Hopefully that will encourage them to move back in so I can bring them home. Even at night time I was sweating like crazy in the full gear. I'm not looking forward to working under the hot, Florida sun with all of that on.

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Beeker wrote on Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:00 pm:

I'm glad you're keeping with the bees. They are charming little creatures, and so important.

My friend does bee keeping too. When he moved his hive, there were a couple that were on the outside of the hive. He told me that some hung on tight to the truck and a couple rode in the cab with him, just sitting quietly for the half-hour ride. Once he set up the hive, everything was back to normal. The stragglers followed the hive and rejoined the family. They scouted, communicated, and went back to work.
Bees are really amazing!


Henry Johnson wrote on Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:52 pm:

Eclectic, heat (ambient temperature) is likely the reason for lots of the bees to be outside the hive body at night; adding a super is an excellent idea.. I'm sure you probably know this, but any move of a colony should be several miles.. I'm glad to read that you're not quitting on the bees, along with the full gear I hope you've equipped yourself with the appropriate first aid supplies, i.e. some medication to counter the effects of anaphylactic shock....

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