The bees had quite an extensive hive already in this hollow tree.
Well, Charlie cut the tree where he thought the hive ended but the comb extended further into the tree then expected.
So, the Bee Tree was now cut into 1 six foot section & 2 two foot sections. How in the world was he going to get this home?
Charlie & Ben did their best using cardboard, shrink wrap & duct tape to close the bees in their tree for the ride home.
How fortunate it was that the homeowner happened to have a front end loader he could use to pick up the tree & slip it right into Charlie's truck.
Ben & Charlie then lifted the 2 smaller pieces of trunk to put in the truck.
With the bee tree secured, we were off...up Route 32 and...
...to the farm. We made it with no problem...just a few funny looks from drivers!
Charlie & Ben gently shoved the tree off the truck...
...and rolled it into a good position.
Like a puzzle, they tried to match up the 2 smaller pieces with the main trunk so the bees would not be too confused.
They also had to level out the tree so the pieces would meet reasonably well.
The bees were starting to find their way out of the hive so Charlie uses the smoker to calm them down as they finished.
The last step was to strap the smaller pieces to the main trunk to give the bee tree a snug fit, keeping out the weather & other invaders.
A few more screws...
...and they're done!
The bees seem to be content as they come out of their main entrance...especially considering all they've been through in the past 2 hours!
This is the bee tree complete & ready to ovewinter. Hopefully the colony will survive. It's difficult enough to successfully overwinter a normal box hive...we'll just have to wait and see!