Cut out Question
Did 2 cut outs today on a trailer. Smaller sized hives that were both only 2 to 3 months old. Put both of them in separate nucs on top of cinder blocks so they are less than 12 inches from the old hive location. I could not stay till dark so I am leaving them till tomorrow evening so all the foragers can move in.
First one filled 4 medium frames of brood and one frame of honey. That was it and did it old school without vacuum. It went better than I thought. Fairly certain I got the queen, the bees moved to the nuc fast and were fanning their scent fast after I moved the second to last piece comb.
Second hive apparently had some issues over time. The comb had been hit with either wax moths or hive beetles in the past. They were rebuilding the comb and I saw no sight of recent issues, but there was very little comb worth salvaging. It didn't have lots of brood, almost no honey, had scattered larvae and capped brood, but darn they were hot. So I pulled out the vacuum and tried to get them all. But it was a perfect set up to see all the hive and comb, any runners, and there were no hiding places. It was the best view I have had on a cut out if you ignored the occasion drip of honey in the face.
Here is my issue. The vacuum is a home made job that uses a 5 gallon bucket as a holding chamber. When I go to dump the bees out, most explode into the air. I am assuming that the queen, if she in the bucket, will slide into the hive with all the bees. And she should then try to hide in the frames of comb that I have rubber banded up. It would seem like within time all the other bees follow. But I have had about 50:50 success with this in getting the queen. And this time, it seemed like about 75% of the bees hit the air and moved back to the hive site.
IS there a way to get the bees into the nuc without so many going airborne.
By the time I left it appeared most were back at the old hive site even though the nuc entrance (and maybe the queen) is sitting 10 inches away. I will retrieve the nucs tomorrow night, but have no time to vacuum again tomorrow and they get sprayed on Thursday.
Hints from experts is appreciated.
PS. Looked like there were about a half dozen bees killed in the vac, so I am not worried about that issue.
Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 7 Lang hives + 5 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet