Re: My first cut-out, what to do?
"I picked up a rather large swarm yesterday at a golf course. The bees didn't seem to want to stay in the new hive. They acted queenless. I noticed some were congregating in one chamber of my bee toolbox. In that one chamber I had a dead queen in a pill bottle from last year in alcohol.
Just shows you how potent the queen smell is even after a year in alcohol.
I placed the queen bottle in the hive and the bees immediately began fanning and drawing in all the stragglers." Mr Beeman
Thanks for this Insite, I can and will use it tommorrow on a planned cutout!
Here is something I have done to get ready. I offset the wiring in my frames to one side and added an extra wire. I also sanded with a small electric sander ALL the edges and corners of the frames to prevent them cutting my rubber bands. Now I can lay the brood comb that I want to save on the cross wire and rubber band them down securely and they will be centered. It is so hot here that belt and suspenders are needed to hold the brood comb. I tried the split Lusby frames, but they are a pain to build and close the box like TBH bars so bees cannot travel vertically throughout the hive, they are essentially two frames hinged together.
Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.