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VIDEO | Safe harvest of honeybees at Town of West Bend home

September 7, 2020 – Town of West Bend, WI – An exciting weekend for a Town of West Bend couple who had a swarm of bees land in their yard. The bees honed in Saturday afternoon on a tree in the couples backyard off 18th Avenue.  By Sunday neighbor Chris Cybell, Beans Bee’s & Honey Farm, had arrived to safely harvest the bees.

“I’m going to put a sheet under the tree and then hold a box underneath and I’ll shake the branch and they’ll drop into the box,” he said.

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Bee harvest“The bees smell the queen and they’re surrounding her for safety and to keep her warm,” Cybell said.

Using a soft yellow brush Cybell gently poured the bees into a small, portable apiary. His goal was to successfully transplant the queen bee. If that could be accomplished the rest of the bees would follow.

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Cybell estimated there were about 35,000 bees.

He said the swarm probably came from within a mile to half mile of the home. He said they could have come from a hive that separated.

Right now the bees are busy collecting pollen from golden rod so they can overwinter fat and happy.

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An estimated value of the bees could be around $200.

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