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The field next to mine had an Ash tree on the road hedge which regularly lost branches into the road, a tree surgeon condemned it a few weeks ago and said it would have to come down. Trouble was this tree had a colony of honey bees in residence, there was no way to get them out and myself and the field owner had hung up a bait hive in late spring in the hope of catching a swarm.........no such luck. On 26th August the tree surgeon sprayed the entrance with wasp killer foam. The next day after the foam spraying the bees were still flying. The following Wednesday he felled the tree. He left a huge chunk of trunk with the nest somewhere in it, the flying bees moved with the trunk. The owner said I could do what I liked with it. I contacted Hedgerow Pete as it was a huge tree and needed a whooping big chainsaw. Unfortunately the time of me contacing Pete coincided with his computer breaking down so he didn't reply for several days, as I felt time was of the essence, it had rained and now the entrance was uppermost to the weather, I contacted Beewolf who came and had a look and decided he had a man with the necessary whooping big chainsaw. We were going to do it yesterday, but ran out of time so went this afternoon.......as nice an afternoon as you could wish for. My son came down to video the whole thing. Of course we didn't know what state the inside was going to be as the combs could have easily collapsed with the blow of falling. A cut was made into the trunk and then another at an angle to bring out a wedge. The cut just touched into the combs. I won't give a blow by blow account because there will be a video to watch in a few days, suffice to say amazingly we found a marked queen and put her in a hive with as many shaken bees as we could, it all got rather sticky, we left a hive as close to the original entrance as possible and the bees were marching in, in classic fashion. No-one got stung, the bees were remarkably calm. I've brought home all the combs and honey.......well covered in wood chips from the saw, to render down and feed back. Thanks to Hedgerow who offered to come over when he eventually got my message. Many, many thanks to Beewolf for his invaluable (and as always calm) help, Beewolf's son James, Richard with the whooping big chainsaw and Sam my son for videoing. You tube to follow.

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It's always heart warming to hear such a story and to hear also of cooperation being employed for the good of an otherwise doomed colony :grouphug:.

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Brilliant and a great outcome! add 'foster carer' to your list of titles!
 

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Strange how people change their tune?
Strange, ???. Don't get it.
Can't see anyone from this thread who have congratulated frisbee, on the thread link quoted, let alone changing their minds. :confused:.

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Wont the bees still die from the poison foam that they were sprayed with?
I hope not and well done. :cheers2:
 
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Wont the bees still die from the poison foam that they were sprayed with?
I hope not and well done. :cheers2:
The general opinion later when the "foam" could be inspected at close quarters i.e. when the tree was down, was that it was more like a builders filler type foam as it set hard. But there was no way that foam would have reached the nest, they had a pretty narrow entrance which went up inside the middle of the tree and then it opened up and went up and up.

And in any case the foam was sprayed over 3 weeks ago, but within days it was all gone.

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Glad to hear it. As i had to get rid of a wasps nest at my parents house and used a wasp foam thingy, and it killed the nest almost straight away. :cheers2:
 

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Frisbee,

You said we found a marked queen

Just white or was she year-coded?

BTW, well done. Every colony deserves a chance. We have messed up their natural environment for far too long.

Look forward to the video.

Regards, RAB
 
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My son's computer has crashed so at the moment he is unable to put the video onto Youtube, so I took a couple of pictures tonight. They show the colony tonight, the original openeing into the cavity, you can just see the foam on the side of the trunk that the tree surgeon used, and inside the cavity
 

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Well done Fris, Fantastic pics, cool.
 
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Gotta hand it to you . they're damn fine pictures :coolgleamA:

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