Preferred Time of Year for Cut-Out
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  1. #1
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    Default Preferred Time of Year for Cut-Out

    I was asked to do a cut-out here in San Diego in the next weeks. It made me think about whether there are any preferred times of year to do a cut-out.

    On one hand during the spring there would be ample food for the colony to re-establish in their location, thus favoring spring/summer cut-outs.

    On the other hand during the spring the colony would be at its largest in size, thus favoring fall/winter cut-outs.

    Are there any general rules for how to time cut-outs?

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    Default Re: Preferred Time of Year for Cut-Out

    Quote Originally Posted by nodapic View Post
    I was asked to do a cut-out here in San Diego in the next weeks. It made me think about whether there are any preferred times of year to do a cut-out.

    On one hand during the spring there would be ample food for the colony to re-establish in their location, thus favoring spring/summer cut-outs.

    On the other hand during the spring the colony would be at its largest in size, thus favoring fall/winter cut-outs.

    Are there any general rules for how to time cut-outs?
    San Diego is the land of summer all year as far as the temps go.
    Cut them out and feed as needed.

    The real issue is - are there ANY drones available in case you loose the queen due to the cut out.
    They will have to re-queen somehow if the queen lost (a possibility).
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Preferred Time of Year for Cut-Out

    GregV - thank you. I forgot about the drone angle, good point. I'll need to watch whether they start emergency supersedure cells...

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