Off to the bees' new home
Bees were at their entrance this morning and were warming up as they were becoming active. Marshal had the log trimmed, and now we needed to get to the bees. The top of the log after it was trimmed showed the beginning of the hollow, and the crack this end of the hollow was also filled with debris, but I could push through and feel bee comb.
We decided to try to split the log and began this process by forcing a wedge into the crack. The wedge broke the log end to end along the crack and a new crack was started on the opposite side of the hollow.
With continued pressure from wedges the log split along two sides of the hollow and we were able to roll off the piece on top. Both trimmed ends of the hollow log are also visible in this picture. The main part of the hollow contained the comb and most of the bees.
A few bees clung to the other piece of the log. The comb was gently removed and tied or rubber banded into empty wooden frames and these frames were placed in a super (wooden bee box).
Once all the combs were removed and placed in the super, it was set over the hollow where most of the bees remained. The bees were gently smoked to encourage them to move back onto their frames that were now in the box. The bees did recognize their frames and moved up into the box.
When most of the bees were in the box, it was placed on a bottom board and cover put on top. The unit with bees and comb was strapped together so that it would not come apart as we traveled back over the rough logging roads. A few remaining bees were then vacuumed into a container and would be returned to their nest when we arrived back at Honeystone apiary.