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Need advice on moving wild combs and bees to a new hive

HU-974686160
4 months ago
last modified: 4 months ago

I have a shed that was built about two months ago. A few weeks back, I noticed bees going in and out of the side of the shed at the base. I ordered some gear and smoked the bees today and inserted a camera to see how big their hive is. It looks pretty small (see picture, taken from below, estimate each comb to be about two adult fists).

Given the small size, I think I can get the queen and workers in together. I have done some research online (including on this board) and what I've gathered is:

1. get them after sundown so they'll all be back in the hive

2. remove some of the middle combs and place the wild combs in there.

3. keep the new hive close to the old one for a day

4. after a day, I can move them but it needs to be east or south facing

5. It'll be a 50/50 chance that the bees will stay.

I need advice on how to move them safely and what kind of beehive I should move them to (is there a brand you'd recommend).

Thanks for your help!

-JT



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