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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
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    Saskatchewan, Canada
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    Default When is it too late for cut out.

    Hi all, have a friend who seems to have two hives living in an abandoned house. I went by to look and they really are bees!
    It's the middle of August, this will be my 1st cut out and I'm located a bit North of most of you (Saskatchewan, Canada). I can leave the bees until spring with no problem, so should I cut them out now or wait. My interest is to turn them into colonies.
    Any free advice appreciated .

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
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    Greenville County, South Carolina
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    Default Re: When is it too late for cut out.

    If you can leave them in the house over winter, do it. In Canada, I would def say it is late.

  3. #3
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    Beaverton, MI, USA
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    Default Re: When is it too late for cut out.

    Yup, wait till spring if you can. They are more likely to survive where there at, too little time to put up enough honey to over winter.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
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    Saskatchewan, Canada
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    Default Re: When is it too late for cut out.

    I've been thinking about it the last few days and you guys are right. I'm going to be pulling supers in a week and a half so how would I expect them to make it. Thanks for the input guys!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Battle Ground, Wa
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    Default Re: When is it too late for cut out.

    Yep, leave it till spring. My experience with a few cutouts is that they're much more likely to abscond this late in the season. Then there's also the problem of having enough stores for winter, which is probably a lot bigger concern where you're at. Move them as soon as it warms up in the spring.

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