It is not often that I get the opportunity to remove a feral colony of bees from a tree that is to be cut down, so when I got the call in late April, I was very happy to do the job. I was told that it would be a few weeks before the job could be done as the son of the homeowner was out of town, and as soon as he returned, he would cut the tree down.
When the day arrived for the tree to be cut, I got to the site around 8 in the morning to discover the tree cutting was going to be a shared family experience, there were cousins, uncles, grandsons, nieces, and the matriarch herself, Mrs. Jones. There was even the long distance share with a brother in New Jersey via cell phone. Everyone pitched in to down the tree, and all stayed to watch the removal itself. It was a great way to spend my morning, wrangling bees, and sharing a lot of laughs.
To be honest,I was a bit disappointed because the bees had already swarmed, but despite that fact, the removal went very well, and the bees took to the nuc. I left the nuc for two days at the location, and went back in the evening, closed it up, and took it to the abbey, and there it stayed for about 4 more weeks......growing.
I'm sure many of you are wondering why the thumbnail for this video shows three young ladies holding nuc boxes instead of maybe a picture of bees in a fallen tree. Well, as Paul Harvey was fond of saying," Now, the rest of the story."
On Monday of this week, 3 young bee keepers from the Franklinton area, about 30 miles north of the abbey, stopped by to see the bees at the abbey, two were sisters, and the third was their best friend. As we were walking the fields looking at the bees, they were telling me about how they are raising bees, and their plans for the two hives they had. As the tour continued, I asked them if they would be interested in getting a few nucs that were way past time to be transferred into larger hives, you would have thought these kids just won the lottery they were so happy. The bees from this video, and the bees from the video I posted 2 weeks ago, Swarm catching and swarm trap baiting,
were closed off and loaded into their truck.
I know the video does not show any of the above story, but I felt I needed to include it in the description just to give closure to the destiny of these bees and the obligation we have as bee keepers to perpettuate this wonderful fasciation we share in the love of God's lowly creature, the honey bee. God's peace to all.