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  1. #1
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    Default Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Last week I got a call from a gentleman in Salem that needed bees removed from a big dead cherry tree in his back yard.
    The tree needed to come down and the tree guys didn't want to start work with bees in it. Since I'm always up for an adventure. I went to get them.

    Here are a few pics from the day..










    Here is a link to some video I shot of the day.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I0lXO-grfk

    They are all snug in their new hive and doing great.
    "Mmmmm...... I love the smell of Foundation in the morning."

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Awsome, keep us posted with your progress.

    gona go watch that video now.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    could you show your vacuum system set up --thanks

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    How do you guestamate how deeply to make your chainsaw cuts?

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Now, to find a saw mill to take the tree to.....

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    I saw in one of your other videos that you have the pressure hole on your Bushkill vac all the way closed. Do you find that the 5 hp vac barely sucks em up with it all the way closed? I am building one and if that is the case I will spec to a 5.5 or 6 hp vac instead.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    That video was pretty amazing.

    Being somewhat new to this, I am amazed that you had no gloves on.

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Very cool video.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Quote Originally Posted by FlagstaffBaughs View Post
    How do you guestamate how deeply to make your chainsaw cuts?
    Most of the time you can feel when the saw is cutting good wood or when it hits soft wood or a hollow spot.
    If the tree falls over your cuts were to deep..





    Quote Originally Posted by allniter View Post
    could you show your vacuum system set up --thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by Keth Comollo View Post
    I saw in one of your other videos that you have the pressure hole on your Bushkill vac all the way closed. Do you find that the 5 hp vac barely sucks em up with it all the way closed? I am building one and if that is the case I will spec to a 5.5 or 6 hp vac instead.
    Here are some pics of the vac set up I use It works great. There are plans on the net to build it. As for the presure hole being cut off completly. I needed to do that for it to have enough suction when I first built it. However since then I have put rubber tape between the boxes to seal the air leaks better. Since doing this I will need to open the bypass up. It is way to strong now. I sucked a few bees today with it and it killed 95% of them. Before it wasn't killing any of them. This is still with the 5hp shop vac. So really watch your suction. I feel like it should just be enough to direct them down the tube. If they are hanging on to something you have to bump them a bit to get them to get sucked up. Doing it this way isn't quite as much fun as just sucking them like crazy. But the survival rate is much higher. Like 99% or better. Twice I have had queens go through and be fine.



    "Mmmmm...... I love the smell of Foundation in the morning."

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    In the last two pictures there are 3 queen cells were you able to keep those intact? They seem like acalm hive to keep a couple of queens from.

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Quote Originally Posted by FlagstaffBaughs View Post
    In the last two pictures there are 3 queen cells were you able to keep those intact? They seem like acalm hive to keep a couple of queens from.
    Those swarm cells were dry. But I do plan on grafting some queens from this queen. She does have a nice calm hive.
    "Mmmmm...... I love the smell of Foundation in the morning."

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    Default Re: Cherry Tree Cut Out

    Thanks for the pics. I will be sure to put some of that rubber on my vac!
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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