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  1. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello, today I just did my first cut out -- from a friend's ceiling. The friend thinks the bees had been there about a month -- and removal confirmed that it was all fresh comb. We used smoke and a beevac. We were able to catch the queen and have her in a clip in a small topbar hive with the...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I am doing a cut-out tomorrow and from what I can tell it is a larger hive. My last cut-out was a small hive, so it didn't even fill three frames in my Langstroth... So, when you guys do a cut-out of a large hive, how much of the comb do you keep? Is there a point where the hive is big enough...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hi! I'm brand new to this - so I'm very glad to find a forum of experts! The title is a bit tongue in cheek as I am actually trying to figure out what could go wrong - just to be(e) ahead of the game... Yesterday I transferred a wild colony from a cooler to a Langstroth Hive. Here is a picture...
  4. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hi, new here wondering if anybody here runs a removal business?
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello everybody, I have been working on a trap out for a while now and the home owners are getting antsy about getting the bees gone. The plan all along was to trap out *most* of the bees then cut out the comb. Last week I took 10 frames of bees/open and closed brood/stores out of my trap box...
  6. Bee Forum
    After an injury that laid me up for 4 weeks I've been trying to catch up on things and I've just discovered a couple of bucket that have been in my shed for the last 6 weeks of so!! Such a dumb mistake!!! They are half full of honey and piles of comb, little to none brood, all from a cut out...
  7. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Have hive of bees underneath floor of wooden shop about 16" off ground. Want to do trap out. Plan to make shim to join shop bee entrance to trap out box. Seems to me that frames in trap box should be running the same direction as the combs in their hive now. The 2 will only be separated by a...
  8. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have a cut out to do at an old house that is to be torn down later this year. Hive entrance is about 3' off the ground, very easy access, so here's what I'm thinking. Hogan trap, with brood and funnel trap, the hive for 5-6 days, then the day of the cut out, plug the trap box, remove, and...
  9. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Completed my first cutout yesterday and thought I would share the lesson learnt. The wild hive was in the back of a couch that was on a veranda. It had been there for nearly 3 months but already had several large combs of brood each similar in size to a deep frame, but vertical. I cut out the...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Yesterday was my first cut-out. At the end of the day the bee vacuum almost worked, I almost had enough buckets, and generally, things went almost like I wanted them to. Most of the trouble I had was due to lack of experience, as opposed to any real problem. I do have a few questions for...
  11. Bee Forum
    Combining/Joining bees question Cutout a large hive Sunday afternoon, not sure if I got the queen but boxed them up and brought them home. Monday was raining. Went back Tuesday afternoon and collected the rest of the bees. It was cold and they were balled up & comatose. Went into a shoe box...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    These bees were going to be removed if I got them or not: http://zigsbees.adamziegler.com/journal/article/fall-cut-out I went back after sun down and vacuumed the foragers that had returned. Not as much brood comb as I would have hoped.
  13. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Just got a call about a big bee tree that fell at hunting club. Guess the tree busted up some and the combs exposed. It fell a few weeks ago but they were still there a few days ago. I just started this spring. Not sure if Im o for cutting them out and trying o put comb in frames but I may try...
  14. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Ok so it's not that bad, but here it goes. I caught my first ever swarm earlier this year. I put a queen excluder on, being the smart beek I am, to keep the queen in. Well after they left me high and dry a local mentor told me the queen of a swarm would most likely be able to fit through an...
  15. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    The second cut-out I did from a water meter has just been proven a failure. My first is doing well, but rebuilding slowly. When I went to inspect the hive two weeks after I put the comb and bees into from my second water meter cut-out, I found very few live bees, maggot infested brood and no...
  16. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Saturday I did my second cut-out from a water meter.This time, the box was completely FULL of mostly brood comb. There was some honey filled comb, but the colony had overgrown it's space and must have been swarming. As with any cut-out like this, it was messy and some loss of brood comb was...
  17. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Saturday I did my second cut-out from a water meter.This time, the box was completely FULL of mostly brood comb. There was some honey filled comb, but the colony had overgrown it's space and must have been swarming. As with any cut-out like this, it was messy and some loss of brood comb was...
  18. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    After the last cut-out, I decided the foragers might need time to start bringing in enough food to support growth or the hive. I made food with sugar, water and corn syrup in equal parts into the empty end of the hive using an entrance feeder wit a pint jar. Each time I decided it would be okay...
  19. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    It's been three weeks since I did the cut-out from a water meter box. for two reasons this time I'm 95% sure I got the queen. I was able to get ALL he brood. Since there was empty comb at each end, I feel I have her. Since there is a large population now in my wired up top bar hive, I feel I...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Yesterday I pulled a colony of bees out of a water meter box. It was much larger than i expected. I wired up 4 large brood combs and even had to cut off each side a little even though my Top Bar hive is wider than most. The remaining small pieces were put between the wired combs under two top...
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