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Where’s Geraldo When You Need Him?

I may be seriously dating myself with this reference, but after Konrad picked up Large Marge’s hive from Baab-Brock farms, he had one more “hive” pickup for the evening.

A vacant home in North Austin had a suspected hive in an old large trunk. Upon arriving, the trunk was indeed occupied by bees.

Here is the trunk loaded up to be taken away. You can see Marge’s hive in the back.

Finally, here is a closeup of the trunk.

The question is, what else is in the trunk?? It’s a great mystery with only a few clues. From a hole in the bottom and a broken seam in the front, all that can be seen are an old bag of marbles, a few plastic toy figurines, some booklets (comics?), and some military medals.

Round Rock Honey will host a special trunk opening and bee transfer (into one of their new cedar hives) from 5:30-7:00pm on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 14. If you would like to sign up for this rare event, please email sherry@roundrockhoney.com. Admission is $19 and includes a free Round Rock Honey lip balm. Attendance will be capped at 35 persons. If you have already signed up for the long-term beekeeping class, you can attend for free.

I”m not sure if I’ll be able to make it up there after work this week, but I thought it was a pretty fun idea and wanted to share it on my blog.

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Bees love electricity!

Ok, so maybe they don’t love electricity, but swarms of bees do love a lot of the man made structures around homes that we use to house our electric and water meters.

My Aunt Sherry out in California had some bees take up residence at her home not too long ago. Imagine the surprise of the poor city worker who opened up this panel to read the electric meter.

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Here’s a closer shot.

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Luckily, she called a local beekeeper who came to remove the bees instead of destroying them. My Aunt even got to suit up and help with the removal:

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Here’s the local beekeeper:

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Beekeepers will often use a bee vac to suck the bees out of the hive and into a nuc or package. Here is a shot of the vac used going into a small hive.

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Here is the bee vac cleaning off a piece of comb from the hive. Looks like a bunch of capped drone cells on this one.

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Swarm season is in full swing in Austin right now, and we are getting a bunch of calls of swarm sightings. If you do need to report a swarm, you can refer to my page here for further information.

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Austin Bee Removal Video

I’m a little jealous that I didn’t get to do anything this interesting when I took the beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey…

Here is a link to the video of the bee removal from an Austin home. I can’t even imagine having a hive in my ceiling. What a mess.

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