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  1. #1
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    Default What signs do you use to determine if it is too early to do a cutout?

    Just wanting input on what others use, like going by which plants are flowering, budding, leafing out etc. Or other natural indicators that you use. I am wondering about things for my area, but would like to hear responses from everywhere, just thought it would be a neat topic.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: What signs do you use to determine if it is too early to do a cutout?

    Temps are what determine when a cutout is performed. This time of year brood can get chilled and die quickly. At least here anyway.
    Although... if a customer cannot wait for whatever reason, temps don't matter.

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    Default Re: What signs do you use to determine if it is too early to do a cutout?

    I like to wait till there is nectar and pollen coming in good with night time temperatures above 50 degrees.

    Any earlier than that and I get robbing issues.

    If I have to do a removal earlier than I like, I make sure to crowd them in their new hive by not giving them any extra space or empty comb.

    Save the extra empty comb in a freezer, you can always give it back to them in a few weeks when temperatures have warmed up some.


    Don

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    Default Re: What signs do you use to determine if it is too early to do a cutout?

    If drones are flying, I figure it's a good time. It's likely you will not find or you will kill the queen, and that is a time they can replace her, and a time that resources are coming in to repair the damage.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Kalamazoo,MI
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    Default Re: What signs do you use to determine if it is too early to do a cutout?

    We like to wait until night time temps are at least fifty degrees. Having drones flying seems to coincide with those warmer night temps too.

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