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new in bees

Posted by sandrap_2008 11 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 14, 08 at 23:53

Hi, we live in the Philippines. We just discovered a little beehive (or I guess its called a swarm) at the end of the branches of one bougainville. We do not know what to do with it. My husband as good honey consumer he is, wants to get a proper box and start colecting honey, but little do we know about all that. In this part of the world we have no bee keepers or experts. Maybe some natives up in the mountains they do it but nobody to ask.
We dont know if they are dangerous or not. What shall we do? take it away or keep it? if take it away, how? My gardener says he could take it away by night and wearing all black so the bees wont see him, but I rather dont get that approach...
thank you so much for your help!

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RE: new in bees

Hm...this isn't going to be easy if you're a newbie.

I suppose you have no bee keeping equipment, this makes it ever more difficult.
I'm now putting myself into your shoes and would try to make a make shift bee box.
Here, bees love to go into walls of buildings, only about 4 inches of with, they
start building combs from the top, usually a cross beam from a floor.
You could fashion yourself something like that, perhaps 4" wide lumber, then put wood sheeting over,
screwed, so you can undo easily to take honey out and check. Size,..?? it could be 4 feet wide x 6 feet high.
Or build something from the link below.
You could perhaps use a straw or grass basket for a start right away. closing doesn't get you anywhere, don't take it down at night.
Spray a straw or grass basket inside, with half water and sugar solution, then with a good tap on the
branch knock the bees inside, then slowly turn the basket over, upside down, put on piece of wood, screw down
with some screws, make a hole about the size of your index finger.


Here is a link that might be useful: Old stile hives

RE: new in bees

from what I read and have heard the swarm doesn't travel far from the original hive to start with. I would check around say a mile radius,talk with neighbors about the bees,ask friends in stores about the bees. Someone has bee that have swarmed unless they're feral bees. Find a real good beekeeping book and read it if interested in keeping bees in the future Pem

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