From my photos I think I can just see the underside of the chimney pot. So the colony is not too far down, so I could do a cut out. I have just done a chimney cut out (see my other posts) which was a success but I will not do them without a scaffold.lmao, gprs cheap than a land line?
the interesting pic the one up the chimney, still shed loads of bees and some comb up there -> whats the plan to sort?
Possible, but because of the buzzzzz buzzzzzz buzzzzzz sound she made when she was not moving I think she had just emerged. I have heard that distinctive sound of that the virgin makes when I have opened up a colony with queen cells, and while the workers have been distracted have allowed the queen to emerge, and it was that same noise/sound today.I've been to the loo (sure you all wanted to know that) and the pics have downloaded now.
Dudley - surely the queen you managed to excellently find is a mated and egg laying queen if there is brood?
You have to feel sorry for the bees.
If you're in the BBKA you already have third party insurance. It's a bit grey if you charge for it, then you are a commercial operator and I'd guess you'd need your own insurance.How do you go about removing a colony like that without 3rd party insurance?
I`d hate to think how much it would cost if i turned up to remove a colony like that from a chimney, dislodged a few combs of honey, and found myself liable for a new sitting room carpet etc.
I have covered this in a previous thread by Steve Sutherland on the 21st June when insurance was brought up.If you're in the BBKA you already have third party insurance. It's a bit grey if you charge for it, then you are a commercial operator and I'd guess you'd need your own insurance.