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How to transfer a bee colony to a new location




Beehive No III

(First split an existing colony to create an artificial swarm.

We did this the week before by transferring the queen into a temporary smaller transport hive with nursery worker bees and comb containing bees. We returned to the hive in the evening when the bees might be home. )

Step 1:
Feed the goat!

Step 2:
Close the entry with gauze.

Step 3:
Ensure the hive is secure. (We secured the bars in our hive with a narrow strip of wood and some tape.)

Step 4:
Transfer the hive into a car.

Step 5:
Drive carefully to new location.

Step 6:
Prepare new hive location. (We chose to feed the bees here as they had been robbed of honey by other bees unfortunately.)


Step 7:
Open the transfer hive. Carefully.

Step 8:
Place the bars and comb in the new hive with access to the food.

Step 9:
Secure the new hive.

Step 10:
Have a cup of tea!

We prepared this process over the last couple of months. Hive III is in a school. The bees were originally in hive II.

The source hive is in a special garden centre and farm which employs learning disabled adults. The goats are neighbors to the bees.

The move was made on Easter Sunday in the evening while bothe the locations and the bees were quiet.


10 comments on “How to transfer a bee colony to a new location

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    April 21, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post thank you for sharing Liz


  2. John Coleman
    April 21, 2014

    Thanks for this. Where else but in blogging could I learn a little about moving a hive? Must confess: my favorite step is #10. Peace, John


    • lizard100
      April 21, 2014

      Ours too : ) went to check the hive today and the bees are starting to forage which is a good sign!


  3. bmary
    April 21, 2014

    So, how is it to drive with a bunch of bees in the car? I would be a bit terrified!


    • lizard100
      April 21, 2014

      Cool! But speed bumps are a worry! It’s a SMART car too so tiny!


      • bmary
        April 21, 2014

        Omg I would have been crying! I’m not afraid of bees, but I don’t know if I could handle them on a road trip!


      • lizard100
        April 21, 2014

        We’ve done it three times now! Hardcore!


  4. Johne912
    July 29, 2014

    I really enjoy the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic. eeccfkkddedc


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