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A quick bee hive top - just a box really

We split a hive recently but found out we didnít have a top. An emergency piece of sheet rock worked but winter rains are coming! This is essentially just another way to make a box so I thought Iíd share it here.

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I know this is getting away from the topic but I have some wild bees in a hollow of an oak tree on my property. The last week their probably is hundreds of bees all clumped up around the opening of the hollow day and night. Curious as to why? Usually only see them coming and going.
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I know this is getting away from the topic but I have some wild bees in a hollow of an oak tree on my property. The last week their probably is hundreds of bees all clumped up around the opening of the hollow day and night. Curious as to why? Usually only see them coming and going.
It's getting to be fall and the bees know it. They may be bringing in nector and/or pollen. Another reason they will come out in numbers is if it gets hot. In which case they come out to fan cooler air into the hive.

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It's getting to be fall and the bees know it. They may be bringing in nector and/or pollen. Another reason they will come out in numbers is if it gets hot. In which case they come out to fan cooler air into the hive.

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Maybe it's the heat, it's been getting up to around 100 every day. I just never noticed the bees coming out before.

I've thought about building some boxes for them but my wife would kill me. She wants everything with a stinger exterminated. The hive is only about 50' from my house but it's about 25' up in a oak tree.
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Maybe it's the heat, it's been getting up to around 100 every day. I just never noticed the bees coming out before.

I've thought about building some boxes for them but my wife would kill me. She wants everything with a stinger exterminated. The hive is only about 50' from my house but it's about 25' up in a oak tree.
When the bees come out of the tree like that, it's called 'bearding'. Their job is to keep the hive at a proper temperature so they come out side, flap their wings, and push air into the hive.

If you were to try and capture these bees, you probably wouldn't get the queen and the hive would die. It would also be a rather lengthy process. Then you would have to be set up to try and save them. It's something that I would do, but I'm already set up with hives so I could just integrate the bees into another hive even if I didn't get the queen.
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Finally got the mesh for the mesh for the screen top. Since the wood work was already done, it was a quick job to get it all wrapped up.

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