CANTON - Approximately 30,000 honey bees were removed flast week rom a hive located inside the roof at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton.
The project happened at an opportune time since the church is getting a new roof this year.
The group performing the operation were Mark Berninghausen of Squeak Creak Apiaries, Roland Moore, David Pynchon, and John Tyo.
On Tuesday the roof was opened. This allowed the brood comb to be extracted and bees to be collected with a bee vac. The comb was placed in a hive in one of the Squeak Creek Apiaries. The bees were then released to the hive. The next day at the roof, a section next to the first was opened where the honey comb and more bees were found and collected. These bees joined the rest of the hive at Squeak Creek.
Within three weeks, they will know if the queen was relocated with her hive. All indications to date suggest a successful operation.
The best of the honey comb will be available in a limited quantity for tasting during the social hour after the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. All are welcome.
For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton please visit uucantonny.org.