Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??
I made "frames" for my buckets using 1X2s and stapled window screen onto the "frames" The length varies as they fit into a round bucket and the height is about 3" less than the height of the bucket so there is airspace, depending on the type of bee vac you have. The "frames" give them something to hang on so you don't have a clump of bees in the bottom of the bucket that get over heated. I made my set up so I could take the vac off the top of the bucket and set a hive body with rubber banded brood on top and the bees could go up into the hive body. I cut a hole a little smaller than the bucket top in a piece of plywood and the outside dimensions were the same as a hive box. Pieces of trim keep it from sliding off the top of the bucket. If you had some way to have screen on openings in the sides of the bucket, you could leave them in the bucket in the shade with no problems if it's not too hot. There are many variations of bee vac but it worked for me.
"Sometimes the best action is no action at all."
Started 2011, 3-10 frame hives; 2015, 33-8 frame hives, 2 nucs