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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Lander, WY
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    261

    Default Equipment first cut-out

    Making a list of essential and nice to have for my first cut out.
    Log home with bees between foundation and 3 sided logs, looks like a 8 inch tall by ? gap, will find out when we remove the board.
    Taking regular clothing, smoker etc.
    Made a vac,yet to test it.
    Probably need a long sharp knife
    buckets
    Luck and ?
    What do you take?
    Wily

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Big Stone Gap, VA
    Posts
    785

    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    1. If you can, best wait until next year. Otherwise the bees will not have time to build up.
    2. Frames to strap brood comb in
    3. Rubber bands for brood comb
    4. Buckets with lids for comb with honey
    5. Nuc/hive for brood comb


    HTH,
    Shane
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 08-25-2012 at 03:45 AM. Reason: UNQ

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Park City Ky
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    1,604

    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    Plastic bags and totes to remove all residual comb, honey, brood, from the area.
    leave behind nuc, or complete hive, to catch stragglers and flyers overnight.
    scraper to scrape comb from walls.

    cchoganjr

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Greenville County, South Carolina
    Posts
    87

    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    I will second tsmullins. Wait till spring. This is not the time of year to do a cutout, especially in your region.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Troy, IL
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    The parts mentioned in tsmullins comments are easy to obtain, but I am not sure how to use them. I found a hive built on a limb out in the open of a small tree. It is about the size of a basket ball and a half. Looks heavy and to get it down all one need do is cut the limb. However, what to do next. I though about separating the kidney shaped lobes and hanging each on an empty frame with chicken wire and nylon ties. I plan to separate the lobs with dental floss or knife which ever works and does the least damage. However, this is all speculation now. Having never done this before I would be interested in anyone's comments.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rockford, MI
    Posts
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    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    My cut-out checklist (feel free to modify/add/subtract to what suits you best):
    *3' Crowbar
    *1' modified prybar/hive tool (I'll try to post a pic of it later, if you want)
    *Claw hammers, 1 large & 1 small
    *Linoleum Knife (cuts comb nicely)
    *Bee-PROOF suit w/veil & gloves
    *Drill with 1.5" paddle-bit (helps when you have to tear into a wall, lets you "peek" to find the hive without tearing off several feet of wall unnecessarily)
    *Circular Saw
    *Reciprocating Saw (Sawzall)
    *7-8 Frame deep Nuc/Swarm-trap boxes with solid bottoms and closeable entrances, at least 2 (I drill holes in the lids & screw them down, makes for safer transport)
    *Screwdriver
    *5gal buckets for honey comb & ruined comb, at least 2
    *"Feral comb capture frames" (there's one pattern for these posted in the "BIY" section of www.beesource.com), MINIMUM 2 per nuc
    *1.5gal pump-sprayer full of 1:20 (or stronger) soapy water to "take care of" all the stragglers that I can't coax into the hive boxes
    *Lots of extra soap (dish soap or liquid laundry soap both work well...buy the cheap stuff), "just in case"
    *Small spray bottle of homemade bee repellant (I use Almond, Tea Tree, Jojoba, Orange, Citronella, Cinnamon, and Pennyroyal oils, listed in no particular order)
    *Stapler
    *Flashlights (Both with, and without red, diffuse light filters...if you work after twilight w/red diffuse light, the bees can't see to fly very well)
    *Camera (I take pictures to post here, and to keep for "legal records")

    Items I don't personally use often, but probably should:
    *Smoker
    *Bee Vac

    This was from an earlier post.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    JACKSON OHIO
    Posts
    479

    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    Will it fit in a deep .It is getting late in the year although i just did 1 yesterday that was you cut out or i will spray made 300 for it.If they will fit in a deep even with a little triming you could hive them as is then do a cut out in the spring.
    Quote Originally Posted by woopie View Post
    The parts mentioned in tsmullins comments are easy to obtain, but I am not sure how to use them. I found a hive built on a limb out in the open of a small tree. It is about the size of a basket ball and a half. Looks heavy and to get it down all one need do is cut the limb. However, what to do next. I though about separating the kidney shaped lobes and hanging each on an empty frame with chicken wire and nylon ties. I plan to separate the lobs with dental floss or knife which ever works and does the least damage. However, this is all speculation now. Having never done this before I would be interested in anyone's comments.

  8. #8

    Default Re: Equipment first cut-out

    Thing to add to the list.
    Sawsaw skill saw Drill
    And n
    My most important tool is my bee vac. In fact I have work up both a frame vac box. And one to work with a package cage. The frame one I use for the Main cut out. I like to go back after dark and vac up the ones I missed doing the cut out.
    David

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