18 responses

  1. Vickie
    October 1, 2013

    What a great story. I could hear bees buzzing around as I was reading! Here’s to three healthy hives next spring! Thank you for hosting the linky party – have a great week!

  2. Christine
    October 1, 2013

    Woooooowwwwww.
    I felt so sad that some didn’t make it through the winter or the move. Do they just die? Or do they incorporate into another hive? This is fascinating.

    • Zack
      October 1, 2013

      Christine, Unfortunately I think the girls last year came down with a varroa mite infestation. I did not medicate the hive last year for this mite and I think that’s was caused their demise. I medicated them this year, so keep your fingers crossed.

  3. Mindy
    October 1, 2013

    Oh my gosh, that is CRAZY!!!! How cool, though.

  4. Shannon
    October 1, 2013

    What a fun post! My dad raised bees in NC when I was a little girl. There was always so much excitement around the whole process. This brought back a rush of fun memories. Thanks and good luck to the new hives!!!!

    • Zack
      October 1, 2013

      Thanks for the good luck wishes with my new hives. Extracting bees from homes and old structures might be the way to go for me. It’s cheap, plus I get to save some girls.

  5. Natalia @PrepUtilityVehicle
    October 1, 2013

    That is fascinating! A lot of work; I’m glad some of the bees were able to make 3 new hives but like Christine, sad that 2 hives died. I wish Mr Bee would have explained what happened. I was speculating that the vacuum used for the 1st 2 hives was too strong and injured them. I hope the rest do really well long-term!

    • Zack
      October 1, 2013

      Natalia, I was extremely sad at the loss of my two original hives as well. The first hive I extracted from the gym was HUGE. The owner of the property said that particular hive had been there for over 10 years. It was the first hive to populate the old gym. It was easily twice the size of the hive I showed you in the blog!! Unfortunately I was low on the learning curve for that extraction and used a shop vac hose that I borrow from my father in law. The hose was 13 feet long!! Needless to say, the girls kind of got beat up too much on their way into the hive. I keep the suction low, but the distance traveled in the hose was just too treacherous for them :( After those first two hive extraction, I purchased a much shorter (6 feet) and larger diameter shop vac hose for sucking them into the hive

  6. Angi
    October 1, 2013

    I loved reading this! My husband and our 15yr old son do live bee removals. We have 6 hives in our back yard and they are all rescued bees. I linked up our latest update on them and how they processed over 10 gallons of honey.

    • Jami
      October 1, 2013

      Woot! Why am I not surprised, Angi? :) Hopefully one day we will get 10 gallons of Honey, too!

    • Zack
      October 1, 2013

      Love it!! Did you make your own shop vac for your extractions? I never knew extracting bees from an old gym would be so exciting. I just love the anticipation of what the comb looks like in the walls. It’s always amazing to see what incredible hives they build.

  7. debra@ HOMESPUN
    October 1, 2013

    i DO remember last year and as to this year. ha ha typical guy understatement ” The process of extracting bees from a wall is very exciting”

    LOL! Love it! :)

    I had so many bees this year between all my bushes and flowers and I just loved that …I appreciate them so ! :)

  8. deb @ frugallittlebungalow
    October 1, 2013

    Thank you for hosting and I hope for great results with the bees going forward! :)

    • Zack
      October 1, 2013

      Thanks Deb. I’ll keep you all posted on how the girls do over this winter.

  9. Nancy W
    October 1, 2013

    Loved the story about the bees, what an adventure. We used to keep bees and I just loved having them! thanks also for hosting! Wanted to let you know I’m doing a giveaway for a food dehydrator this week on my blog! Stop on over if you are interested! Nancy On The Home Front

  10. daisy
    October 2, 2013

    That is nothing short of amazing. He found the perfect solution and it worked out for everyone, including the bees! Love when that happens!

  11. Joyce
    October 2, 2013

    We have been thinking about keeping bees, just wondering if there is a specific reason they did not make through the winter? Also is there something that can be done to make sure they do? Great post I marveled at all the honey bees uncovered, awesome.

    Would love for you to share at Tuesdays With a Twist. http://yourlife7.blogspot.com/2013/10/tuesdays-with-twist-26-link-up.html

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