Re: Tree Trap-Out - Caught the Queen
Yeah, I guess it is a nice passive way to get free bees. I just don't see it as nearly as rewarding as just making splits and raising your own queens. But from a hobbyist standpoint, if time is not an issue, I like the idea. Yeah I don't think homeowners would go for it. As is, I did my first cutout on Friday, and have yet to get back and pick up the bees. Hoping for tonight.
Have you had any experience with actually cutting bees out of tree, when a tree is to be removed anyway? I've got a possible job lined up, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I'd like to be able to cut out the section that has the bees in it, cutting above and below, and then setting the whole chunk down to the ground, where it can be split open and recovered. How do you find the top and bottom extent of the hive?
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!