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Offline splitrock

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Cut out timing question
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:09:09 AM »
 A local College needs some bees removed from a dorm building. We are several weeks away from any natural forage, but the bees up here are getting active. Would it be to stress-full to remove them now while their numbers are low and put them up and keep them fed? Or would I be better off waiting a spell?

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Re: Cut out timing question
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 10:23:13 AM »
Unless there's a time crunch, my 2-cents is wait until the dandelions start blooming.  Right now they are under stress looking for food and the queen may just now be starting to lay eggs.  If you get them when there's a small nectar flow on they'll be more docile and focused on the young. They'll also have a better chance of surviving as they'll have some newly emerged bees to carry the load during the transition period instead of overwintered bees.

Again just my 2-cents, and I may be overcharging.
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Re: Cut out timing question
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2014, 11:04:08 AM »
It's worth a nickel in my book. There's no way I would touch them before the first flow begins.
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Re: Cut out timing question
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 12:49:41 PM »
College Coed's, I would wait till it warms up to at least 75.

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Re: Cut out timing question
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2014, 07:16:46 PM »
Thanks for all the excellent advice!... kinda what I expected.

D, after this long winter up here we will only have to wait till it's 65, and there are some added benefits to that too.

Offline jayj200

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Re: Cut out timing question
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2014, 02:05:08 PM »
wonder what kind of benefits your talking about

 

anything