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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    @addy1 Wow you guys are really crazy! Crazy but a good kind of crazy for wanting to try to save those poor bees. Nobody else would do this.
    You were put there to do this and hope you can succeed (y)
     
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    Well can't just let them die, they have drawn comb in the tree, we were cutting some of the branches and a poop load of the bees dropped. (they all flew back to the cluster) There were three pieces of comb drawn on the branch. They made the tree their home.
    No way would they survive the winter.

    If we succeed they will get a nice dry box with drawn comb and capped honey and food. It will still be a if on surviving the winter, she needs to lay like crazy to have enough bees to survive the winter.

    Right now the queens are laying the winter bees, larger, fatter and they survive 3-5 months. Where the summer bees survive 30ish days.
     
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    Well, I don't really understand this bee predicament, but I'm guessing they're thanking their lucky stars they "camped" near you :)
     
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    Some times the hive gets stuck. Queen injured , could not fly any more, no new safe home found, so they set up home where they landed. Bees are not made to survive hanging on a tree branch.

    We kept debating trying to save them. Spent a bunch at home depot for the attempt. All stuff we can use later.

    Yesterday cut small branches to let the last cut be a clean, we hope, drop into the large black trash bag. Then into a trash can. Then home into a hive body. Hoping we don't kill the glue of the hive the queen.
     
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    The 16 foot cutter we bought just reached it.
    Wore our heavy coats. Bought gloves to save our hands. The bees never tried to sting us. Very calm even we us messing with them..

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    Their new temporary home! 20171018_084248.jpg
     
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    You can feel the heat coming out of the bucket. We have door screen holding them in. The screen was our face protection first!


    Here is a short video of our craziness!

     
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    Well we saw a whole lot of bees gathering on the ground. So just in case the queen was there suited back up with hoody door screen face mask empty box scooped what we could up. Boy are they po'd now! 20171018_101745.jpg 20171018_102122.jpg 20171018_101748.jpg 20171018_102113.jpg
     
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    Oh my !!! So did you capture enough,so they might make it once back home at your place?
     
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    I hope the hive makes it with all the work you are doing to save it.
     
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    All that trouble you went through to save them I sure do hope they make it. They are some lucky bees!
     
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    We got all except maybe 100 bees, or less. There are probably 30000 bees in the containers. The main issue is did we get the queen, did we injure her and the weather needs to behave until she can lay some eggs and get the winter bees going.

    It is a gamble, may or may not make it. But worth the try. They would have died if we had left them.
    Hard to watch them huddle in a tight ball in pouring rain trying to protect the queen and the two pieces of comb they had drawn.
    Then the next morning, 34f in a real tight ball trying to stay warm. That is when we went to home depot and made up a bee rescue shopping list. Door screen makes a great face mask and good old painters tape.
     
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    Update!

    Here is how it looked when we put the branch in the box, the next day, we removed it shaking the bees off.
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    This is the piece of comb they made around the branch, no eggs in the comb so thought maybe no queen.

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    We are so excited. Took a very quick look inside the hive, yesterday and this is what we found! Beautiful brood pattern. IMG_1916.JPG

    And her majesty! You can see the attendants in a circle around her, taking care of her.

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    When we were cutting the extra branches off the cluster dropped 4 times, falling on branches, falling on the ground. We would let them resettle then cut some more. Hoping the queen would survive! She did!
     
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    Oh, I'm so happy they made it!! I've sure been enjoying your honey in the am, on toast and in the evening, in my tea....makes recovery from surgery a little sweeter :)
     
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    I love the video @addy1 - what an adventure! It's like these bees just come looking for the two of you!

    @Tula I put addy's honey in my coffee every morning... delicious!
     
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    Yay love that the queen is there and all looks great for the saved bees! Are they still being fattened up for the Winter w/your sugary food you make for them? Those bees are so lucky you were there camping that day!
     
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    We are not feeding them now, there is enough brood, once it emerges, for them to survive the winter. We are leaving it on the deck for the winter, this one hive will have some foam boards around it to keep it a bit warmer. Give them a bit more help.
    We had enough capped honey for them to eat over winter. I had a bunch saved up from removing off and on over the years.
     
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    Addy, I know you feed your bees in cold weather but I was shocked to see over a dozen bees on one of my bird feeders! Seems they will get food wherever possible during a warm spell. 20180122_152341.jpg 20180122_152341.jpg
     
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    Well...............they are out searching for food , any food. There is none out there. Any time the temperature climbs they go and look for food.
    They think the dust on the bird seed is pollen, they collect it and haul it back, the house bees, dump it as trash, they can tell it is not good to eat. The smell of the seeds attracts them.

    If you have hummingbird feeders without bee guards fill some with water mixed with as much sugar as will dissolve. They will love you!

    They are also flying looking for water, they use it to help eat the capped honey in the hive.
     
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    Will do on the hummingbird feeders! I never saw this many bees all summer.
     
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