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My parents recently bought a house with bee's living in one of their trees...

Hello,

I am not looking for someone to get the hive out but merely wondering if they would move into a hive if we placed it in the backyard.

Apparently they have lived in this tree for YEARS and never have been a bother. We are excited to have them even if we can not harvest their honey and comb.

However it would be lovely if that would be possible.

If I placed a man made hive in the backyard would these bees possibly move in?

Thank you for any insight to how these bee's might behave as well. Like I said, apparently they are sweethearts and have never stung anyone even with a bunch of children always playing in the backyard.

 

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Can you post some pictures and let us know how high up in the tree they are? Do you have a beehive ready for them or does the beekeeper need to provide a hive for you to buy? If I was to do it I would probably want to wait until spring, if that is an option for you, move the hive away for a couple weeks, then move it back to your backyard.

Hello Carl,

Thank you for responding to my board. By your response I am guessing that it IS possible the bees might move into a man made hive.

There was not a beekeeper living there before, just a family that let the bees stay. 

I do not have pictures because we have not moved into the house yet. I was merely curious if the bees would move their own hive. 

I will wait for spring if I try it at all. 

They need to be trapped or cut out. One of my better hives was from an old hollowed cottonwood tree and the bees decided to live in the tree for a few years. The tree had to be removed since it was dead, hollow and hanging over their house. Working with a professional tree cutter I was able to get the hive in a large log and cut them out placing them in a langstroth hive. They seemed no worse for wear. I recommend moving them in the spring since some comb and honey will be destroyed in the removal. That is what the bees need to survive winter and destroying it now could kill the hive. They're obviously gentle bees and will not be noticed during the winter months. Cut them out in the spring and that enables them to rebuild any destruction from the move. There is a phrase with beekeepers about moving hives. Move them a few inches or move them several miles. You will essentially be moving the hive so moving it a few miles away and letting them get established in their new home ie your hive, then moving them back to the house would work wonderfully.

First:  Wait until spring to do anything.

Second: Install at least a 2 deep hive at the furthest part of your yard from the hive.

Third: Bait the hive with a sugar water feeder, a 1 gallon chicken waterer with rocks in the tray will work perfectly.

Fourth: Bait the hive with a hive lure, you may need several.

Fifth: Bee patient, the queen will swarm and probably into your hive. 

 

Then you will have two hives, one to tend and a wild hive in you tree.

Then you can decide what to do with the hive in your tree.

You can call me if you like.  Chris 857-9884

I really appreciate the advice and we are working out a system to hopefully move the bees in. I will keep in contact with you for any help!

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