thought I would share some pictures with the club of the extraction the Matt, JoAnn, and I did yesterday in Wheat Ridge. It was a very large hive that was living in between the floor joyce over a basement about 8 feet off the ground. The comb is as deep as the space between the joyce and roughly 12-15 individual combs (pictures in gallery). We could note locate the queen and hope she did not get squished.
The owner had used Sevin on the bees sometime in the past, never-the-less they seem to be healthy. We did notice a white powder in and around the comb near the entrance. I think that some of the pesticide did get on the bees during removal and subsequently caused some fatalities. We tried to remove the toxic-comb before transportation. The bees are now in a new Top Bar in Parker were they seem to be enjoying their new home. I doubt that I will ever consume any of the honey. I really wanted a backyard hive to help educate the neighbors and to help pollinate my veggies and fruits. I checked on them this morning and they seem to be very busy doing what bees do.
NickF - Beekeeper;>12 hives in Denver Metro AreaInto natural and organic ways of raising bees.