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The movers are coming…. Rehiving today!

We recently set up a small swarm in a six frame hive for a friend. The proper hive has arrived and it’s time to transfer the bees safely into the bigger dwelling.

In The Netherlands the hive we bought is called a ‘spaarkast’ or economy hive. It’s a European standard hive with metric measurements made of cedar wood.

First job
Treat the hive and stand with linseed oil to help sustain the wood. We built a stand for it too.
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Great to have help from trainee beekeepers at this point. Starting ’em young!

Next bring everything you need to an accessible place by the existing hive.

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We use a Perspex cover to allow greater visibility and less disturbance when examining the hive.

The returning bees will need to ‘find’ their new home right where they left the old one. So it’s important to get the spot exactly right.

We moved the existing hive to one side and positioned the new one.

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Then the transfer process of moving the frames into the new hive begins.

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Those trainees were very hands on.

We added additional frames to the new hive so they have room to continue expanding the colony.

Some of the frames had very distorted comb so we did some adjustments and used needle and thread to position them in a new frame.

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10 comments on “The movers are coming…. Rehiving today!

  1. mylatinnotebook
    June 11, 2014

    Much less traumatic than my transfer. Good job!

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  2. bcparkison
    June 11, 2014

    Thank you for doing your part to save the bees.

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    • lizard100
      June 11, 2014

      It’s very good fun. We now have four hive locations!

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  3. 8armedstars
    June 11, 2014

    Reblogged this on fylcynm and commented:
    THE BEES!

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  4. 8armedstars
    June 11, 2014

    your blog is awesome

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    • lizard100
      June 11, 2014

      Thanks very much! Glad you like it. Strange things happen and I write about them : )

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      • 8armedstars
        June 11, 2014

        thats whats up
        I just get randomly excited about something and write about it, or I just kind of regurgitate words and use them for lyrics.

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      • lizard100
        June 11, 2014

        Nice!

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  5. Rambling Woods
    June 12, 2014

    Ahhhh…so cool!

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