Train table

photo

| Leave a comment

Palo Alto 1896 Historic Home – Bees Relocated

We did a bee removal from a 1896 historic home in Palo Alto last Saturday. It wasn’t actually on the main home but a cottage in the back. A swarm moved in about a week ago and made home in the wall entering through some holes on the redwood siding.

IMG_4429

We carefully removed the redwood siding without cracking any boards as some of them aren’t standard sizes anymore, and we did minimal cutting to ensure it can be restored to it’s original condition.

IMG_4432

Here is our first look at the newly formed colony. They built a few comb sections.

IMG_4435

And here’s our queen.

IMG_4440

We left the box there to make sure we get all the bees and picked up the colony at night.

IMG_4450

Thanks Barbara for having us save our local honeybees!

Posted in Bee Removal, Cutout, Honey Bees, Palo Alto | Leave a comment

Adopt-A-Hive – Los Altos Beekeeper Seeking Feral Bees

Jeremy, a Los Altos beekeeper who had a hive for over a decade, seeks to replace the bees that didn’t survive this last Winter with new feral bees. His original hive was a swarm that moved into his empty boxes while it was set up outside waiting for his package bees to arrive. While his package bees didn’t last too long these feral bees lasted him 15 years! Of course it wasn’t the original queen but through swarming and getting new queens from them, keeping similar genetics, they thrived for years. Now he’s keen to start over with yet again feral colonies. So the other night Jeremy swung by and picked up a young established swarm that has brood, honey, pollen, and all.

IMG_4413

Thanks for adopting our local bees. Hope these bees will treat you as your first colony did!

Posted in Adopt A Hive, Honey Bees, Los Altos | Leave a comment

Mountain View – Two New Colonies in Attic – Both Possibly With Infertile Queen

Sunday we relocated two colonies in Mountain View. The swarms moved in about 1.5 weeks ago and both built their homes in the attic space about 10 feet away from each other. They were probably new queens from the same colony and upon meeting each other they fought and both left the hive.

IMG_4404

Below we expose the first hive start removing the sheetrock and pushing back the insulation.

IMG_4373

Here’s my dad vacuuming the bees using our beevac.

IMG_4377

About 1.5 weeks only and they have already built a lot of comb. Look at the fresh white wax.

IMG_4385

Here’s queen number 1. She’s laying but might be infertile. I see female cells with brood but the capped ones are really domed, meaning most likely she’s laying infertile eggs.

IMG_4394

Just to the right of the first hive is the second. A little smaller than the first but still a good size.

IMG_4397

The queen ran up the hole where the vent pipe goes to the roof. I saw her once and tried to grab her by hand but failed. Second time I saw her walk out I decided to vacuum her. I wasn’t sure I got her but signs from the other bees gave me clues. We found her when we go home. Like the first colony, this one also had more domed female brood. Bad news! Both I’m pretty sure are have bad queens.

IMG_4407

Thanks Melanine and Mark for having us save our local honeybees!

Posted in Bee Removal, Cutout, Honey Bees, Mountain View | Leave a comment

Adopt-A-Hive – Wine Barrel Bees Update – Sunnyvale Beekeeping

At the end of April we transferred a colony of bees from a wine barrel into a hive box and made a new beekeeper in the process. Friday afternoon I met up with Rob of Sunnyvale to give him a beekeeping 101 lesson while inspecting his hive.

IMG_4039

The bees have not occupied 80% of the first medium box so we added a second on top. There are a ton of brood in the hive and soon the population will be more than doubled or even more.

IMG_4310

Rob very happy with his first bee hive!

| Leave a comment

Electric Meter Swarm Lure in Los Altos :)

Well, here we are again. This is the third swarm that moved into this electric meter box in Los Altos. The homeowners call me when they see bee activity and I go and rescue them. :) But this time they called a few weeks late so it was a cutout instead of a swarm removal. The bees already built a good amount of comb as you can see from the picture below.

IMG_4293

We didn’t catch the queen until the very end. Had to spray a little bee-quik to get the bees running around before I could find her. I was worried that the queen might have gone up the wall as there’s a good sized hole running up the wall for the electric wires.

IMG_4295

Good thing she didn’t run up. Find her running around with the rest of the bees after I sprayed some bee-quik.

IMG_4297

Posted in Cutout, Honey Bees, Los Altos, Swarms | Leave a comment

Adopt-A-Hive – Daughter & Mom Beekeeping Team – TBH

Sunday Sandra and her family came down to adopt a bee colony for their new Mann Lake Top Bar Hive. Sandra and her 10 year old daughter Mabel will be teaming up to start their new beekeeping ventures, and top bar hives (TBH) are great as there’s no heavy lifting of 40 pound boxes. We transferred frames from a colony in a Langstroth box into the TBH.

IMG_4256

Two observation windows were added to the Mann Lake Top Bar Hive.

IMG_4259

It was Mabel’s idea to make the observation windows the same shape as the honey comb cells. :)

IMG_4265

Looks like Mabel and her family will be peeking in once a while to see how the progress is with the colony.

IMG_4267

IMG_4264

Sandra and Mabel with their new hive!

Posted in Adopt A Hive, Honey Bees | Leave a comment