New IHPA Officers
The Annual Meeting this past November has brought
a few changes in the list of IHPA Officers and Directors. Contact
information for each person is also listed on the back cover of
the Buzz. Here are the changes in positions.
Vice President : Pat Ennis
Past President : Curt Bronnenberg
Historian : Doris Ramsey
John Hemke : Director #6
Please welcome these folks to their positions.
If you have questions about the IHPA or beekeeping in general,
the list of contacts can be a real help. They represent years
of beekeeping experiences and knowledge.
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This frame sized piece of comb is only a small
part of the entire
hive found in the granary.
The swarm had built an extensive set of combs
in the granary.
Granary Hive Removal
On August 30, my father and I removed
a hive from the wall of a granary at the Melvin Ingram
farm south of Prairie City, IA. The bees had hung the
comb in a hollow wall of the granary, accessing it through
a large hole in the outside wall. The bees had only been
there a few weeks, but were quite well established, with
plenty of comb and brood. There was very little honey
in the hive however. Removal of the hive went quite well.
The bees were in a good mood and very little smoke was
required. We began by prying the inside wall off of the
building frame. Once the wall had been removed, we carefully
removed the comb from inside the wall and placed it temporarily
inside an empty hive body. We put a second hive body on
top with drawn comb and honey in it. The bees continued
to use the hole in the wall as the access point, and became
established in the hive.
Submitted by Chris Taylor