I have just experienced the joy of catching a colony of bees out of a precarious space! They had been living in a solenoid box for a few months, but the owners had been leaving the lid off in the hope theyd just move out. But they never did.
Sooo, being a huge fan of “JP The Bee Man” and watching many of his videos I decided to have a go at rescuing them myself.
I came prepared with all the gear, (except a bee suit haha!)
I had been to the site a few times and the bees were VERY docile & calm and non aggressive. So sure enough they were no trouble at all as I worked around them. Just a few stings from me grabbing the bees accidentally when handling comb & frames…
Here are some links to videos I took:
Looking for the queen in the solenoid box:
Put brood in a frame, also looking for the queen still
The joy of finding the queen! A beautiful site indeed.
Where the queen goes, the rest shall follow
Bees fanning entrance of NUC
As JP The Bee Man would say:
“Hope ya’ll are having a great day! Coz I know I am”
Well so much for saving the colony… Just this morning they absconded… and I have a few theorys as to why… 1. I put the new hive too close to my main strong colony & the strong colonies bees got into the other hive? 2. The new colony was too weak, and due to me not having a proper lid to put on top of the box there was a big gap at the top as well as at the bottom. They probably didnt like that.
But anyway here is the moment it happened:
Here is a bee left over from the absconding, she is a very diffrerent colouring to the bees of my main hive. You can see the guard bee isnt happy to have her nearby…
Can anyone tell me what happens to the queen in this instance? I thought if she was in ‘egg laying mode’ she could not fly off?