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swarm in chimney
« on: July 01, 2017, 11:50:35 am »
have to go remove a swarm, its been in there for a week and a half so it is now a hive removal. It is about 3 Ft down so just over ones arm reach but id is just a chimney that has not been used in years that has a clean out at the base. so I will smoke them heavily from under neath and run most of them up out of the new comb then use a scoop to hols the comb while cutting the comb away. should be fun. I have removed them before from a fire place chimney and the go quite easily.
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Re: swarm in chimney
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 12:08:11 pm »
Have a good time Apis, and Be Careful up there. We have an old chimney in our town that has had bees in it for 40 years. The cavity of the fireplace has been closed off and sheet rocked for years. This building is up for sale and I'm hoping that they let the bees stay there.
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Re: swarm in chimney
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2017, 12:42:56 pm »
Safety first Apis.
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Re: swarm in chimney
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 01:35:05 am »
more likely to suffer from heatstroke than to fall off the roof. this one was only a single story off the ground. so 9 ft and the chimney was at the peak in the middle of the roof.
what a pain trying to fish new comb out of a 10 1/2" x 6 1/2" flue. dumped some down so had to recover it from the clean out. managed to smoke most them up out of the comb and and vacuumed them up and got the queen on one of the pieces of comb. by the amount of brood that was capped already they had to have been in the chimney for 2 weeks already. It is much nicer if you can get to them with in the first 48 hr before they build a bunch of comb and fill it with nectar.
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Re: swarm in chimney
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2017, 07:59:21 am »
And got the queen as a bonus. Great

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Re: swarm in chimney
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2017, 10:39:32 am »
more likely to suffer from heatstroke than to fall off the roof.

   I was a bit more concerned about you playing Santa... but am guessing the chimney isn't big enough to practice your Christmas night arrivals?    :laugh:
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