A RESCUE is when a tree falls over in a storm, smashes open and the bee nest is exposed. Without moving these bees into a box, they will surely die.
A TRANSFER is when you want to move bees from an existing structure (such as a water meter plastic box) into a mad-made hive.
I have done plenty of transfers and rescues, and can help in this process. It can be quite distressing for the bees and is not easy for a beginner beekeeper. Transfers should occur during the warmer months of the year when there is plenty of nectar and pollen resources available.
I am not keen on transferring bees from perfectly good logs into boxes. Bee logs should ideally be left in their original location (as standing trees). Occasionally logs are ethically saved from land clearing activities. I would encourage that these logs are kept intact with the colony happy inside.
I can help new beekeepers to split a hive, or set up an eduction. Our bees need to be strong with many workers to be split successfully. As an experienced beekeeper, I can give you advice as to the strength and readiness of your colony, and also assist you in the physical processing of dividing your hive into two.
For the past year and a half I have been the chairman of the Australian Native Bee Association honey committee. Our chief task was to write an application to Food Standards Australia/ New Zealand, to have stingless bee honey recognized as a standardized food. I feel I have a good grasp of the federal and state legislation.
I completed a Food Safety Supervisor course (from Instacert) in 2021, which allows me to offer professional advice to a food business, and to help a business create a Food Safety Plan.