Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?
"Once I do this is it better to then cut a slice off the side of the log the entire length, or to cut it into rounds 6-10" long?"
We locate the two ends of the hive by cutting exploratory slices off the log. Then we make two cuts lengthwise along the top and remove the long "lid". Picture the way submarine sandwich buns are cut at Subway restaurants. Locate some of the young open brood and put it in a couple of frames with rubber bands. Then find the queen if you can, put her in a queen clip inside a covered hive box with the frames of brood and some frames of empty drawn comb (brought from home for this purpose), and come back after dark to get the colony. If you cannot locate the queen, let the bees cluster and put as many as you can in the hive. A bee brush and dust pan can come in handy for this. Situate the hive box so the remaining bees can crawl into it. If you happen to get the queen, the others will easily make their way into the box. I would only use the bee vac if necessary as a last resort. Ask someone to come along just to video if you can. I hope it goes well.
Last edited by Riverderwent; 08-18-2014 at 07:17 PM.
Beekeeping is "the poetry of agriculture." Baron von Ehrenfels.