When Gabriel first started his obsession, I mean interest, in bees he noticed a cedar tree is some one’s front yard that a hive in it. He’s been thinking about that tree ever since. A couple of weeks ago Carl and Gabriel went and knocked on the person’s door to ask about the tree and the bees. The owner didn’t even know that there were bees in his tree. The house is a family house so he need to get permission from the other family members for Carl to cut down the tree. While they waited Gabriel began working on the Miller Method so he could requeen the hive. The call finally came.
So the next Friday night in the dark of night they went and wrapped the tree in wire screen mesh. On Saturday they went and cut the tree down. It took a while…the new chain saw wouldn’t work properly so a neighbor came over with his and his front loader (I know, how many neighbors have a front loader?) and helped cut the tree down and load it onto the trailer.
When they got home they began to unwrap the tree and plugged two of the holes with Great Stuff.
Then they made a mesh tunnel from the tree to the top bar hive which Gabriel had already prepared with wax and syrup to lure them in.
This is from the observation window in the hive. In the middle hole you can see a couple of bees venturing in.
This is what our other hive (#1) was doing during this time. I’ve never seen them so active. I wonder if they know we’ve added more bees – even though we have the top bar have away from the bee yard.
Gabriel got stung on one pinkie – I bet you can guess which one. His smoker went out and he was trying to relight it instead of just getting the stinger out. Next time I think he’ll get the stinger out first. He swelled up pretty good but it didn’t stay swollen as long as it did the last time he was stung.