Re: All cutout masters, your advice is needed!!!
1. Either bring 10 gallons of water or else have a working hose nearby.
2. minimum Six empty 5 gallon buckets WITH LIDS, I have done cutouts that needed a dozen.
3. Do you have an electricity source to run the Bee Vac? If not, a generator is required.
4. Bring a spare bee suit, there are many times that someone wants to observe and if you have a spare good suit....
5. Bring spare smoker fuel, a cutout always takes longer than you anticipate.
6. A claw hammer and a wide blade chisel. (I've had to cut comb that was stone hard and required a chisel to break)
7. Depending on the size of the colony, one bee vac may not be enough. Do you really think a large colony will fit in a 5 gallon container? I use a screened full size deep brood chamber to pull the bees into. It MUST be built to allow ventilation.
Tell the owner that the bees may make the yard a bad place to be for a couple of days. Hopefully this is not an issue, but if it is, at least you warned them.
The very first thing you want to do is to set up the small colony to trap stray bees, just don't set them where they will get in the way of the removal.
The tree is probably doomed. With a crack that large, it is unlikely to ever heal.
DarJones - NW Alabama, 46 years, 24 colonies, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest