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Today I started a cutout of a dead oak tree that was cut down this afternoon. I cut a chunk of the tree out and pried the piece out and the queen walked out. I grabbed her and put her in a queen cage. I then put her in a deep super. I put the super on the tree by the hive entrance and dumped some bees in with her. I put the lid on and left. I am hopeing that most of the bees will go in with the queen. I am going back to the cutout first thing in the morning. What do you more experienced bee keepers think?

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Dave the fire guy
 

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Sometimes that will work, but, I think I would have continued with the cutout and dumped more bees in the deep super, saved some brood, and discarded the debris. Cleaned the area so the bees had no where to go but in the box where the queen is.

I don't know how far you went, but, if brood is left in the tree, nurse bees, housekeepers, etc may very well stay in the tree with the brood. Others may also stay.

Let us know what you find in the morning.

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I would have continued but it was starting to get dark and I didn,t have time to remove all of the comb.
 

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it was starting to get dark and I didn,t have time to remove all of the comb.
That explains it then. And, what you did may very well work. If not, it is not too late to continue with the cutout tomorrow. The queen will still be in the cage, those in the super will be calm with her, the ones left behind to work the brood will still be there, so, no harm.

Let us know what you find. I would really like to know if they abandoned the brood and came to the queen. My best guess is, they will not.

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