Did I mention the one thing about moving a Beehive, is that it must be done at night? This is because during the day, the little darlings are all out doing Bee Things, and you don't want them to come home and go "Hey! What the heck? Who moved the hive?"
The cast for this evenings adventure in Bees included myself, Boss and the Ever Up For Anything, Woodsman Hans. ("Say, Hans, might you not stay a little late tonight, until it gets dark and take your truck out into the woods with us, and move a beehive, of really nasty bees?" "Sounds like fun" says Hans. Ladies, you want to party with this guy!) The Birdchick, sadly, had prior commitments.
Light, of course, is needed, and light that you do not have to hold is the best. So I had an orange hat with a light clipped to it on the brim. In my Bee Suit. This hive is a very angry defensive hive that as had a lot of issues in the past, and now is a combination of Kitty/Olga hives. Makes a LOT of honey tho.
One thing I did not know about Bees in the dark is that, well, the one thing they can see is, say, LIGHT, and being somewhat irritated (this hive is somewhat irritated on it's best of days, and was rather some than Somewhat irritated to be woken in the night and moved) began to Go Towards the Light, IE my head. Bonking, buzzing, crawling...At me, on me....In the dark...
I am pretty nervous about Bees, due to a childhood trauma, and do not like working this hive in the daytime. I tried to keep it together, as Boss had a hole in his glove and a bee got in, as did Hans a moment later. Let me tell you, a Bee IN your suit is NOT what you want in the dark. But Boss and Hans were calm, direct, dealt with it, and did not get stung.
I freaked, too many Bees in the dark, too angry, too scary, Got stung in the stomach, and ran.. Turned into a Demon.
Well, no. Just looks like it. Boss got me away from the hives, and calmed me down (Owe him for that) . He said "We will now make you invisible to Bees", and turned my Head Lights red, which bees cannot see.
There are many methods of moving a hive, since we were not going far, we decided to simply put a bottom and a top on each of the three brood boxes and duct tape them up, put them in the truck and have Hans drive them to their new home, some half mile away.
We left an empty box there for any stragglers to go to and tomorrow will fetch them to their new home.
The problem with the Head Light is that it would not STAY on my head, especially when freaking. I tried it on the top, as you can see, tho that did not work so well either.
We set the hive up in its new place inside the electric fence, doing a partial reversal. (Fancy Bee Term meaning switch two boxes around, so the bottom box is on the top, and the top is on the bottom, as the bottom box was not as full as the other two)
We did the quickly. When moving a hive, speed is your friend. And we put a branch in front of the hive to let the Bees know Something was Different, and so they could re-orient to it.
Cabal had a fine time, even turning into a Ghost Dog at one point to go with my Demon.
I think it was an Adventure. The silliest part was as I was getting stung and yelling OW OW OW, I was also yelling "I am stung! I am Stung! I am not a Bee Virgin!!!"
Before you get too sympathetic tho, I must tell you, I was stung not only thru the Bee Suit, but also a shirt, so there was not a lot of Ommph left by the time it got to my, er, somewhat less than flat stomach...
All in a days work. I love it.
Love and Bees,