EDEN -- Beekeeper Vic Bachman knew the hive he'd been hired to remove in early April would be large, but when he stepped into the wooden cabin in Eden that day, he had no idea how large.
By the time the whole hive was removed, six hours later, the measurement came in at 12 feet long, far larger than any hive Bachman, who owns Deseret Hive Supply in Ogden, had ever encountered.
"I haven't seen one that huge," he said, adding that most hives would be about 3 feet long.
"It's been there since 1996, so we expected it to be large, but we didn't know how large. When we saw how big it was, we were like, 'Oh, man.' "
The bees had been able to make the hive so big, Bachman said, because the rafters where the hive was found were empty.
Bachman said the cabin's owners had known about the hive since 1996 but never had it removed because the honeybees in it never bothered anyone. Now that a baby is around, however, the cabin's owners decided it was time to finally have the hive removed.
"They don't use the cabin a lot, and the bees weren't hurting anybody," Bachman said, "and the owners really didn't want to kill them."
Once Bachman got the hive exposed, he sucked out the bees with a vacuum that put them in a cage for transportation without hurting them. He took the bees back to his company's hives, where the bees are doing well, he said.
The owners had contacted Bachman in March to remove the hive, but it was too cold, so he waited until April. Bachman's work partner, Nate Hall, and Bachman's wife, Annessa, and 12-year-old son, Kasper, assisted in the hive's removal.