On Sunday I took my first foray into the world of beekeeping as a Backwards Beekeeper.

I was invited by Roberta (my new mentor beekeeper) to help on a “cut-out,” a particular type of job where we are called on to remove a feral beehive from a place that inconveniences humans. In this case, the colony made their home inside a water meter enclosure box.

Whoa. That's a lot of kilowatt hours.
My grandfather used to raise bees, and I helped him tend and harvest his hives during the summers when I was kid. Even so, I had only a basic idea of what to expect when dealing with a hive in the wild.

The process took about two hours and, at times, was pretty intense. We had nine or so sections of comb to cut out, and each time we removed one, we found ourselves engulfed by a cloud of angry bees. I was lucky and escaped unscathed (not quite sure how that happened), but some of the others got stung during the process.

All in all, it was an great experience. I picked up some tips, tricks, and techniques that will come in handy when my I get my own hives set up in a few weeks.


Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

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