Tagged: swarm rescue bees
March 24, 2018 at 9:04 am #11230
For all you bee rescue folks, we’re looking for a swarm. Our bees took off last Fall. We’ve been keeping bees now for 4 years, have all the equipment and organic surroundings. Let me know!
Jen PetrovichMarch 24, 2018 at 10:39 am #11231DennisModerator
There may be some individuals on this list who can help you but HoneyLove does
not do bee rescues.
Requests are referred to Bee Allies. You might contact them.March 25, 2018 at 6:28 pm #11232
Thanks Dennis! Yes, was hoping another participant in the forum would be a swarm rescuer or be able to refer me. I reached out to Bee Allies. Thanks!!March 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm #11233susan rudnickiParticipant
The key to being self sufficient is to make some contacts with folks encountering swarms in the wider environment. That might be tree trimmers, remodeling contractors, house builders, gardeners, municipal agencies (police, fire, public works) garden centers and pest control businesses. Call up some of these and let them know you want to be notified when swarms show up, as swarm season has been going on for at least a month. Get your nuc box with frames of drawn comb ready so you are prepared at a moments notice. You should know how to get your own swarms, so also check into the methods of setting swarm traps in your vicinity. The Treatment Free beekeepers FaceBook group talks about it all the time.March 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm #11234
Clearly I misunderstood & now know that in So. Cal there aren’t bee rescuers that are looking for homes for the bees.
I’ll go ahead & buy ’em retail. I work way too many hours a week to be available to trap swarms.April 29, 2018 at 11:46 am #11249Eric YoungParticipant
Did you get bees eventually? I may have a hive I need to relocate and/or donate to someone.April 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm #11252
Yes, we bought bees this year. Three weeks in, they’re doing great! Thanks for asking.
JenApril 29, 2018 at 3:23 pm #11253susan rudnickiParticipant
Hi, Eric—just be sure to follow the HL post guidelines if you are getting rid of a hive. There needs to be some disclosure and the colony should be listed on “Bulletin Board” Here is the text from the website—
For all posts regarding the sale/donation/trade of honey bees or beekeeping equipment, please use our new bulletin board forum and give full descriptions of your situation:
-How many boxes, deeps and mediums?
-Brood nest and honey storage areas?
-How old is the colony?
-Is it from a swarm, cutout, other?
-How often have in-hive inspections been done?
-What would be your assessment of the colony’s attitude to inspection in the brood nest? With proper smoking and preparation, of course.May 24, 2018 at 1:44 pm #11269Roberta ConroyParticipant
I live in Rustic Canyon (Pac Pal at SM) and I am looking for two swarms. Just putting it out there. I have baited my hives and hoping for the best. (I lost both my hives at the same time last month and most agree due to poison) I got my original swarms through professional bee removers and have reached out to them as well. Thank you. Roberta 310 890 6300.June 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm #11288Mel FutrellParticipant
I could use a TF mentor, and live very near Valley Village (Victory x Laurel), if you have any time to spare. Just someone to check out my hives and go through an inspection with me.
Let me know if you are available at all.
MelJune 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm #11290
although we’ve been keeping bees for 5 years now, we won’t be particularly helpful. we’re very passive, hands off beekeepers. we pretty much leave them completely to themselves except to be sure they have expansion space and when we harvest honey (maybe once a year). Last year we discovered we had mites because we found some bees in the pool that had mites attached to them. We chose not to treat the hive. the bees absconded in late October, but left us 1.5 gallons of honey (awesome!). Last year it was a feral hive. This year we bought bees.
Good luck with your hive!
JenJune 25, 2018 at 9:05 am #11306Mel FutrellParticipant
Thanks for the swift reply! I’m sorry for my delay; I just returned from a conference. I fully respect your decline, but to clarify, I’m just looking to know someone in the area who is treatment-free with more experience than my none. ?
I don’t plan to invade mine any more than absolutely necessary, either. I am about to combine the weak, queenless hive from a split to expand a strong queenright hive that was originally a small swarm (both hives are currently 8-frame single deeps). It’s 2-3 frames of empty brood-comb, a full (heavy!) frame of honey and a little bit of pollen, and a handful of straggling bees.
Good luck with your bees, as well!October 17, 2018 at 2:48 pm #11394Mary McClureParticipant
If you’re willing to travel to South Orange County, I have two birdhouses in Lake Forest that have been taken over by bees. One of the houses is laying on the ground just waiting for a friendly soul to pick it up.October 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm #11395
Might just do that. Our bees absconded a week ago, so we have a hive ready. How big are the bird houses? Do you think they’re separate colonies or the same?October 17, 2018 at 7:11 pm #11396
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