Rib Bones 2nd cutout and first hive

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by crackerbee, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. crackerbee

    crackerbee New Member

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    I finally got rib Bones my long time friend to join up here on the forum,and wanted to post his 2nd. cutout(the ones in the water meter box last Sat.)which is his first hive.Rib's been out to my place and helped me with hive inspections and just got hooked(you know how it is :lol: ). Most of this nest was brood mostly capped with not a drop of honey anywhere to be found :dontknow:,I'm guessing that they were getting food on a daily basis and maybe about to starve out.

    So here's the cut we did yesterday and the pics of course.

    An open nest about 17 ft. up in an oak tree

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    This is after I sprayed some syrup on them and a few puffs of smoke which revealed a beautiful open nest.

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    We didn't get the pics of me cutting the branch they were on or lowering it into the awaiting vent box because we kinda had our hands full.

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    Here are the frames ready for the cutout which I'm trying sometime other than rubber bands to hold the comb in,using chicken wire formed and stapled to one side of a frame on the top bar,then after the comb is placed in the frame the other side is stapled,it works best if you form the wire tightly to the frame before you put in the comb,so so as the frames fit properly in the super.I got the idea from a guy that builds hives to sell at the bee workshop ABK holds once a month,and it was much easier than rubber band.

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    Here's Rib Bones with the catch of the day.

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    Here's one of the frames loaded with capped brood(almost the whole nest was like this).I noticed one of the comb was upside down(the one on the left),so we fixed it before we placed it in the hive.

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    Here are the bees in the box right before we put them in the new hive I built Rib which is the second pic.Right before we did that we took the time to scan the box of bees for the queen,and after a few minutes we found her,I put my finger next to her and she hopped right on then I put my finger next to one the cutout frames and she hustled right on in.Sorry we didn't get that pic.After that we shook in the bees and replaced the remaining frames,which wasn't easy because there were so many bees in this cutout it took a while to slowly work them in as not to hurt the bees.

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    So far in the last 24 hrs. Rib Bones said they're already on their 3 rd. quart of syrup,I don't doubt they were hungry after seeing they had no honey stores at all.


    Hope ya'll enjoy this,we had a blast doing it.
     
  2. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    Congratulations. He told me about it when he picked up a smoker at the Gardens, unless I am mixing up bee stories again.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Looks like you did a great job and even got someone else hooked on bees :thumbsup:

    I like that chicken wire idea, gives you something to lay the comb onto, did you just use it on one side and still use rubber bands to hold everything together?
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Good job. Nice post. Congrats.
     
  5. crackerbee

    crackerbee New Member

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    You're right ABK,same story Rib told you.BTW Rib will bee attending future classes at your monthly bee workshop.


    G3 we stapled one side to the top bar,then after the comb was in place we stapled the wire to the opposite side,which gave the comb plenty of support,it's important I feel to tightly form the wire around the frame before you put the comb in so it fits well in the super, and so the brood doesn't get squashed.

    Thanks Iddee! :D
     
  6. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    if one of those slabs of brood up side down?
     
  7. crackerbee

    crackerbee New Member

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    Yes it was upside down,we fixed it after we took the pic before placing it in the hive,G3 taught me that was I was doing my first cutout with him.I did mention that happened above the pic.
     
  8. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    NOTE>>>>

    If you want them to repair and re-use the comb, place it upright.

    If you want the queen to abandon it so you can later remove it, place it upside down. She won't lay in it then.

    I use a special made frame "sandwich frame" to put the brood in from a cut out. I don't want to leave them in a hive permanently. I place the comb upside down or sideways to keep her from re-laying in it.

    "When I remember to"". :shock: :oops:
     
  9. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    nice trick Iddee.