Well, went today to do my first cut-out on a bee tree. When we arrived, there were a lot of bees going in a crack in a tree that extended about 6'. I made a Robo type bee vac. It worked great. There was a lot of brood, and I wasn't able to save it all. I did get 5 frames full of brood. It was pretty awesome, we watched some bees hatch out. I cut a lot of brood I wasn't intending to, but it happened. The bee vac was absolutely crammed full of bees. I put the brood and more empty frames in a second box and put that above them. I did the screened shim so they are on the brood now. I don't know yet how many bees I killed. I'm going to leave them closed up until early tomorrow morning, then I'll open it up for them to get out. I won't piddle in the boxes for at least a week....... or so I tell myself.
I didn't see the queen, I think i got her though because when we were done and I slid the vacuum top off, there were bees that were trying to get into the box through the screen. I probably missed 100 or so bees, there were a lot of cracks and spaces in the tree that I was unable to get the vac tip in. Overall a good experience.
oh, I did see several hive beetles. Do I need to do anything special because of them? I'm going to get some traps, but didn't know if there was anything else to do. Also, the honey is in a bucket, but there are quite a few bees in with it. How do I get them out before I crush and strain it? Or just leave them in.... I don't want to leave the bucket uncovered for long cause they will probably rob it.
I had a friend go with me and he took some pics. I have to get them from him and when I do, I'll update this with them, in the meantime, here are some pics I took.
What we saw when we arrived
This was the finished cavity
As you can see, I missed some comb, but it was almost impossible to get it all. Or maybe my technique sucks, but either way.......
Thanks for looking