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  Thursday, 26 September 2013
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Hello, I have been interested in honey bees for sometime and have been thinking about starting beekeeping. Last week we noticed that there are bees in the bin where we keep loose straw in for our rabbit. The bin has been undisturbed for the summer and is open in a wood shed. I am uncertain if I have a colony, queen etc...I would like to buy a hive and keep the bees but need to know the basics about getting started. Any advice is appreciated, in the mean time I am reading a lot.
8 years ago
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#773
Hi David and Scott, I just had a beekeeper come over and unfortunately they are small yellow jackets not honey bees. I am so disappointed. Thanks so much for your advice, I have learned so much already!
8 years ago
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#772
Looks Cool.

but I am left wondering if they are honey bees. It's hard to tell from the photo.
If they are living in the bin they would be building comb. The comb usually needs a relatively sturdy surface as a substrate.

How are they entering/exiting the bin?
Do you think they are living in the bin?

Scott
8 years ago
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#771
I would wrap it in insulation and once it got cold cover the top and wait until spring so see if they made it. I don't think moisture will be a problem due to the straw. Leave a small hole near where they are coming and going so if it were to warm up and they wanted to come out to do a cleansing flight they could... who knows they might just make it. The old skeps were made of straw! You could also place a board on top with a pail feeder until it got cold as well.... just to help things along 2:1 syrup (might help). Great experiment!
8 years ago
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#770
Here is a picture of where the bees are living. The straw is loose inside not packed down. It has been open in our woodshed all summer we have no idea how long the bees have been there. We live i Jericho on Nashville Road.
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8 years ago
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#769
Yes a photo would help
8 years ago
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#768
Hello Moira,

Is there anyway to get a photo or two? Depending on what the size of the cluster looks like there might be a solution.
Also, where are you located?

SCott
8 years ago
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#767
Hi David! Thank you for the information. I know very little about bees. I am unsure how long they have been in the container. I am assuming the longer they have been in there the better their chances of surviving the winter? My intention is to cover the container (Rubbermaid garbage pail) when the winter is here. When should I cover it? How large a hole should I make in the cover for them? I've been told not to move them, while they are still active. When is a good time to move the container? It is in our wood shed which we need to stack wood...we could always stack wood around the container if need be. Any information is much appreciated.
8 years ago
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#766
Hello Moira! Sounds like you may have a queen as they swarm bringing one with the swarm to relocate. Now the bad news... it's a bit late in the season as you may know to try and hive this group. I would try and leave them until spring and see if they survive the winter. Maybe open feeding of sugar syrup 2:1 might help them along, but no guarantee. They must have a hollow that they found back in there so getting them out might be a trick. Good luck and order your bees early for the spring!
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