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What to do with a bee-tree, once you've cut it down . . .

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jdemaris, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. jdemaris

    jdemaris New Member

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    I was cutting some 100 year-old hard maples a few weeks ago and accidentally cut down an active honey bee tree. Bees chased me and my dog all the way home. So, I waited a few weeks hoping the bees might try to move their hive. No good. So, I had to do something to get these trees out of the way. Called a bee-guy. He told me to go to the tree at night and plug the hole with a rag. Then, go back early morning while it's still cold out, cut the tree quick, load it onto a trailer and bring it to his farm -about five miles from me.

    So, I did. All went well, but I was nervous. And, my poor dog got stung in the face a few times.
    Got most of the trees cut, split, and stacked.



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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I was going to say run but i think you got it covered
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    So the hive was saved then? That's awesome! Great pics as well!

    I'm glad it was a bee guy. Someone like my dad would have added kerosene and matches to this formula.
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I finally see someone has an older trailer than me!
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    Yep, you definitely get a gold star for doing it the right way. I think I would have followed a path more like the kerosene and a match. With a good amount of run like hell both before and after ignition!
  6. N/A N/A

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    I would have just waited a couple weeks, the weather would have taken care of it on its own. Your idea worked great! I am not so lucky to have a local bee guy that I know of.
  7. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    That story makes me happy...and so does the view. Nice work!
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    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    Nice work saving the hive. Honeybees have some disease going around or something now, so save all you can!
  9. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    jdemaris props to you for saving those bees.
  10. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Sum Beach man! Hope your not cuttin' those nice sawlogs into firewood.
  11. Girl

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    Thank you for saving those bees.
    Hope your pup is feeling better too.
  12. jbroich

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    Agreed. Way to go on saving the bees we have left!
  13. big_fish

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    good move man they wouldn't have left because its to late and probably to cold (depending on where you live) to fly remember a summer without bees would probaly be our last summer "no bees no food" the cross pollen all of our food the food we feed out beef chichen and pork ect. thanks for saving them
  14. SteveT

    SteveT Feeling the Heat

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    Doing what you did was - as all the previous posters said - great.

    Honeybees are threatened, apparently due to pollution. Here's an interesting one page article if anyone is interested.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/024519.html
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    Cluttermagnet Minister of Fire

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    Good link, thanks. I hope that bees survive worldwide and their populations don't completely collapse. Humans depend more on bees for pollination of food crops than most realize. BTW Natural News is a great site for anyone interested in living a healthier life. Highly recommended.
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    Glad you were able to save the hive and I'll bet the bee keeper was happy to get it. Notice that's the old style "tractor JD backhoe". What year is it? I'll guess '72. Nice looking machine.
  17. tnroadkill

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    get a hive box with lid and set over hole in log, seal edge around hive and log with burlap and make a hole near to edge of hive box for them to get in and out they should move in o.k.
    ( just noticed they were go to beekeeper)
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