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We have a 10 yrs old native active hive.. #745825

Asked April 23, 2021, 10:08 AM EDT

This healthy appearing native hive appeared in our old covered abandoned bird house 10yrs ago and has swarmed ever spring since to present. I need to demolish this shed now and rebuild. How do I transfer this hive to a new wax infused hive environ I just bought from from Amazon. Or do I wait until spring swarm and just kill the remaining native hive? I hate to do that though but need to rebuild...

Douglas County Oregon

Expert Response

Hello,

Honey bees are not native to the Americas. 

For capturing wild/feral colonies, I suggest you reach out to a local beekeeping club and ask for someone who does "cut outs."

Good luck with the bees!

Ana Heck Replied April 23, 2021, 10:38 AM EDT

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