I was finally able to set up a meeting with the property owner with the two abandoned beehives in his backyard early December. I wasn’t able to go, but my beekeeping partner kept the appointment. This is what she found:
- I had suspected that a certain beekeeper in the area had been the one who abandoned the hives, and surprise, surprise, I was right.
- The bees had survived last winter without any winter preparations.
- The hives had swarmed three times last spring.
We will see if the bees survive the winter as it has been a cold one, but frankly, I am not willing to take these 2 hives on as the homeowner is a 30 minute drive away. If we lived in the country, I don’t think I’d mind a 30 minute drive on less-traveled streets, but I don’t like driving and hauling equipment through an urban area. I was hoping he would let us manage the bees in our backyard, but he wants to keep these hives on his property which is understandable.
Would you manage these hives? What do you think? I welcome your input as I am still of two minds about this issue. Please let me know your opinion by leaving a comment below. Thank you.