Bee Hive Removal

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Bee Hive Removal

How to Remove the bee hive-top feeder ?

If you're using a hive-top feeder, you'll need to remove it before inspecting your hive. To do so, follow these steps:

1. With your smoker, puff some smoke through the screened access, and down into the hive.

2. Hive parts often stick together, so use the flat end of your hive tool to gently pry the feeder from the hive body. Do this slowly, being careful not to pop the parts apart with a loud "snap." That only alarms the bees. Here's a useful trick. Use one hand to gently press down on the feeder, while prying the feeder loose with the hive tool in your other hand. This counterbalance of effort minimizes the possibility of the two parts suddenly popping apart with a loud "snap."

3. Loosen one side of the feeder and then walk around and loosen the other side.

4. Blow a few puffs of smoke into the crack created by your hive tool as you pry loose the feeder.

5. Wait 30 seconds and completely remove the hive-top feeder. Be careful not to spill any syrup. Set the feeder down on the outer cover that now is on the ground. Positioning the feeder at right angles to the cover when you set it down, results in only two points of contact and makes it less likely that you'll crush any bees that remain on the underside of the feeder. Always be gentle with them, and they'll always be gentle with you!

Remember the old towel I talked about earlier in this chapter? This is where it comes in. If syrup remains in the feeder, completely cover it with the towel (alternatively you can use a small plank of plywood or a scrap of carpeting). Syrup left in the open attracts the bees — big time! You don't want to set off robbing. That's a nasty situation where bees go into a wild frenzy after finding free sweets . Open containers of syrup (or honey for that matter) also can attract bees from other colonies. All the gorging bees wind up whipped into such a lather that they begin robbing honey from your hive. War breaks out, and hundreds or even thousands of bees can be killed by the robbing tribe. Enough said! A good rule of thumb: Never leave syrup in the wide open. Keep it out of reach!

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