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Two colonies in a roof - Carmarthenshire

 
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annieolive
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:09 am    Post subject: Two colonies in a roof - Carmarthenshire Reply with quote

I have a friend who is getting a flat roof replaced and the are two colonies in the eaves. She is desperate not to have them killed. Local bbka groups haven't offered any help and it is beyond my skill level. I've had a swarm from them previously. Help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
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Barbara
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi


Unfortunately I'm not in a position to offer help as I'm up in the North East of England, but just wanted to say that it's a bad time of year to do a cut out in terms of the bees surviving. The BBKA may not be interested for this reason.... lots of work for little or no gain.
If your friend can delay roof work until next spring, they will have more chance of survival and the cut out job will be much easier as there will be less honey and bees and more time and forage to recover.
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I appreciate that may not be possible, but just wanted to mention it. It would also give you more time to find someone to help.

If you do have to go ahead with it, making a bee vacuum will make the job a lot easier.... it's not difficult and there are several you tube videos on the subject..... as there are on cut outs.... It is probably safest to fasten the comb into frames with rubber bands rather than use rescue top bars since you are going to be working up a height. Unfortunately the honey comb will most likely be full at this time of year and the bees probably defensive, so it will be a sticky messy job and washing up gloves will be better than leather gloves but do wear good overall protection as they will probably not be happy. Have a lidded bucket to put honey comb into once you have vacuumed the bees off it.

Sorry I can't offer any more practical assistance.

Good luck with it.

Barbara
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annieolive
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for that advice Barbara. Really helpful.
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Adriaan
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:04 pm    Post subject: JPtheBeeman Reply with quote

If you want some inspiration on how to do a cut out, I recommend you visit the youtube channel of JP the Beeman. He is skilled, experienced and has a fantastic attitude towards honeybees.

Friendly greetings

Adriaan

ps also fun to watch on long winter evenings
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Thebigflyin
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:14 pm    Post subject: What happen next?? Reply with quote

Hi guys , I would realy be interested in what happend next??

cheers

Kev
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annieolive
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A local association guy who is very sympathetic has volunteered to help. The scaffolding will be going up very soon and my friend is actually going to keep the bees and this chap will support her. So fingers crossed and I will update you with progress reports. Thanks all.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really pleased to hear that you have found someone to help.
If she plans to keep them in her garden, it might be best if they are initially removed to an alternative location and then moved back once the roof work has been completed, as some foragers will most likely try to return to the roof location and perhaps interrupt roof renovation work if they remain local.

Good luck to your friend and the bees.
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