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Author Topic: Bees in Big Birdhouse - Extract now or later?  (Read 1201 times)
House Bee
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Build it, and they will comb.

« on: September 28, 2009, 01:32:41 PM »

I'm going to try to pick up a ladies birdhouse with bees.  But given that it is fall, I'm not sure if I should attempt the removal now or wait till spring.


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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009, 01:47:19 PM »

I'd wait.  put the birdhouse in a nice protected place, and see if they make it until spring.  unless it's a mc-birdhouse it's probably a pretty small hive?  it will have a better chance of making it where it is.  see if you can figure out a way to feed it without causing robbing.

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2009, 02:32:59 PM »

I agree I had a small hive in a birdhouse make the winter then did the cutout in the spring worked out fine

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I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2009, 05:19:10 AM »

I would wait also. Now if they are absolutely busting out at the seams, you could attach a box of some sort, perhaps a nuc, to give them more room to spread out if they need to, to prevent an abscond.

I've overwintered nucs before just fine.


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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2009, 10:16:20 AM »

GrandmaDog, hey that is cool!!!  Funny how the bees will go into just about anything to make their beautiful little home. I would love to see a picture of this, is that possible?  Have that most wonderful and beautifully great day, health.  Cindi

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