Log Hive Rescue

Earlier this week I got a call out to transfer a #nativebeehive from a log into a box. I was lucky enough to finish the rescue just before that massive storm hit! Here are the basic steps I follow when doing a transfer:

1)      Transfer brood as gently as possible into the centre of the box, hopefully you will get some emergency queen cells!

2)      Place any unbroken honey and pollen pots on the outer edges of the box.

3)      Collect any excess/broken honeyand pollen pots for harvesting later.

4)      Clean up any spilt honey with a wet cloth.

5)      Strap the box up, sticking taping around the join, to prevent predators from laying the eggs in the join.

6)      Re-strap the log.

7)      Glad wrap the entire log, cutting only a hole for the entrance, fingers crossed it will re-queen also!

UPDATE: As I touched on the other day, when you do a log transfer, you re-strap and cling warp the hole thing, leaving just and entrance hole and hope that it re-queens. Here's an update on the log rescue on Monday- "I went and had a sneak peek at the relocated log and there is plenty of bee activity...Bees are happy and busy this morning rebuilding - they are extremely active...Not much, but man it is YUMMY!"

I'm based in Brisbane, however hives further south can produce less honey due to lower temperatures, therefore it's always really important to be respectful when harvesting honey! I only ever take what's in surplus and always leave more than enough stores for the hive. Usually whatever gets broken during a transfer/rescue or if an established hive box- what's in the honey super. I was taught; the principle of napatji napatji, - I give to you, you give to me. It has to be a two way relationship with you and the bees. One based on mutual respect. 

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