Whittenham cut out 5-4-11

Discussion in 'Swarms, Cut outs, and Trap outs' started by G3farms, May 4, 2011.

  1. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Was just finishing up a little job at work when Eric called and said he had bees in a house he was doing some demo work on. I was expecting to find a small hive and was not prepared for for what I found. Only gear I took was a five frame robo vac and a five frame nuc box, would have been really nice to have my 10 frame set up, but managed just fine.

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    Up in the corner, hard to get my hands on the comb so I would vac off the bees and cut it at the top and let it fall over onto a small piece of old paneling and pull it out.

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    Nice new hive of about 12 combs the biggest were slightly bigger than a deep frame.

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    The set up.

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    fit in a deep frame real nice, had six this size.

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    A nice solid golden queen.

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    All cleaned out.
     

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  2. TomHudson

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    The construction of the comb is beautiful! Looks like they had been in there for a while.

    I'm curious -- what's the story with the queen in the little box? Did you have to snag her separately to control the workers? Looks like you installed their comb into the frames; I assume you then moved those into a larger box with the workers and released the queen?
     

  3. G3farms

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    they had been in there for a minimum of 24 days since drones were hatching out. All of the comb looked to be new though, not really sure how long they had been there.

    The little box is called a "hair clip type queen catcher", I found her on one of the last combs I cut out and captured her. This is so she will not fly off and to make sure I do not crush her while I am fumbling around with rubber banding the comb into frames. Yes, put the combs into deep frames and held it in place with rubber bands. The bees will chew the rubber bands into and drag them out the front of the hive in a couple of weeks. As far as moving to a larger, nope I am completely out of frames and boxes, just stacked two five framer nucs up and left them. Will let the queen go in a day or two.
     
  4. PerryBee

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    G3, you make it look easy, absolutely textbook! Sure give away that you know what you're doing and do it well!
    Thanks for posting pictures, a lot of us learned how to do this sort of thing because of folks like you that take the time to share this stuff.
    Again, first rate pics.
    Congrats! :thumbsup:
     
  5. Iddee

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    Those kind are a pleasure. Makes up for the tough ones. Nice pics. Thanks for taking the time.
     
  6. G3farms

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    That one was tough because I was dead tired when I got there at 4:30 and did not walk into the house til 10:30. Still had to set them up when I got home and unload the truck. Sure could have used your help!!
     
  7. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I don't think I would have had time to drive that far before you were done. :(
    Would have liked to been there.