Re: First cutout - what to do with bucket full of bees??
cjfoster - Bring your frames with you. Put a pair of rubber bands on each end of each frames. As you carefully remove comb (I save both brood and capped honey) set it carefully on a table/hive top/ice chest lid/board and lay a frame on top. Cut the comb to be a snug fit, slide it in and rubber band it in place. I try to save all of the brood comb I can and usefully one or two pieces of capped honey. Place all this in the hive box. Now you have two ways to set up.
1. Bring all this back to your apiary and set the hive box up, take the lid off and dump the bees in. Most of the nurse bees will stay with the brood and they will release a smell that says to everyone "here is home". Most the others will circle in and move in. Have the lid ready and slide it slowly over the hive, leave lid open an inch about 15 to 30 minutes, then close the lid. Keep the opening small for a day until they have repaired everything, resealed the honey leaks, and cleaned up the spilled honey.
2. Set the frames in the hive box and place it very near the location of the old hive. Then dump the bucket of bees into it. Nurse bees will stay... same thing occurs as with #1. Let them all settle in after dark and duck tape the opening shut. Take them home and open in the morning (with your gear on). You have a new hive.
I keep the bucket in the shade at all times. I have several buckets made to vacuum into (heat will kill them and you have a mess) and do not fill a bucket very full. No more than about 2 pounds. I also carry my bucket with me in the vehicle in the AC. Kill some in the trunk of a car and in the truck bee. So I drive along in my bee gear on. LOL - you bet I get crazy looks.
Started 9/13, building slowly, not trying the no treatment anymore