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  1. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I'm a bit nervous of this one. The first time I saw the pic, I figured a 3-4lbs swarm had bunched up on the guy's eve. But when I showed up it's open air comb hung on the eve. It's been there 3 months, and its 2 foot tall, maybe a foot wide. So I didn't bring enough boxes (like a newb). 2...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hey Guys! Here's a little video we made of me doing a cut out from a fully inhabited Birdhouse....Enjoy! Mat
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My second experience in trying to save a colony is complete. all the combs broke off when I lifted the lid. I could not find the queen, but I have more hope for this attempt/ The brood had empty comb on each side of about 5 combs of brood. There were a LOT of bees and brood in all stages. This...
  9. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My very first swarm was in an eave and it was well established with a LOT of comb. The bees behaved well which was a big surprise since I was slicing though a lot of brood. There was so much comb, this could have been there for years, at least two. I never got to see the queen before the...
  10. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I'm not sure if this belongs in a different category, but since I smell it with my caught hive, I wonder if it has something to do with being caught or moved. So, here it goes: Late afternoon yesterday, I did my first cut-out. I'm very new at all off this and am pretty much flying by the seat...
  11. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I'm in a suburban environment and I basically only have the room and the money for a single box. It'll be a langstroth, which indicates its price. I realize a colony doubles it population each year, but that brings up an issue: 1) How do I contain these newly born bees and prevent them from...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I have a smallish cut-out scheduled Saturday that is in the insulation on the bottom of a mobile home. It seems relatively easy to get too and hopefully straight forward. Any tips? It will be my first from beneath a mobile home. The bees don't seem too aggressive either.
  13. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Got called to do a Spring cut-out today in the eaves of a local home. I suited up and walked over near the entrance and was promptly attacked by at least 50 -100 guard bees. I backed off, and they followed me across two lanes of traffic nearly a block away. These mean little girls were trying to...
  14. Bee Forum
    Yesterday I helped a local bee keeper from Tucson with a cut-out. As part of the process we cut the brood out and attached it to frames and placed it in 10 frame hive boxes. We ended up with 2 nearly full boxes of brood, and them some stores to help drive them into the box. I filled in the...
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