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Author Topic: Condo cut out in Ft. Lauderdale  (Read 1708 times)
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« on: March 09, 2008, 12:47:32 AM »

Probably one of the most succesful cut outs I have ever done. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

http://www.brendhanhorne.com/coppermine_dir/thumbnails.php?album=135&page=1

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2008, 01:11:47 AM »

Right On grin cheesy cool RDY-B
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2008, 04:04:12 AM »

Nice pics, I thought the hive once free of the limb looked like a bear on a swing.  I liked the doweling support idea. 

I was disappointed not to see brackets on the cab of the truck for holding an upright ladder.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2008, 05:21:08 AM »

"Puff the magic flying hive lived in a tree, then it was brought right down, by this here redneck hillbilly"... Very ingenious! How will you ever work this thing, this hive from the sky? Brendhan the last picture says it all, job well done!


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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2008, 10:18:16 AM »

Some notes on the cut out.

Probably one of the nicest feral hives I have ever dealt with. No stings at all.

The last time I did one like that I was turned into a hedgehog.

The rods were 1/4 hardwood picked up at Home Depot I cute them down to 24" and put a point on one side.

I drilled the holes on the two sides of the hive before I assembled the hive. I held the two pieces in place with scrtews and drilled 1/4 holes. I had to ream them out slightly but 5/16 just seem a bit to large.

I ordered a 35 foot boom lift. I was at max lift when I went after the hive.

I ended up adding the post to hold the hive because I couldn't bring the basket on the lift higher than the hive.

Swinging that hive over was one of the most incredible points in the cut out. If that dropped or went wrong. I was in deep doo doo.

I wanted to just drop into the hive body in the truck, however the truck was about four feet to far forward so I had to back the truck up a few feet once I got down.

The hive itself was about 3 inches to wide to fit right in the box so I had to trim the fat.

The bees covered the hive. Any pictures showing comb are because I had just smoked it.

The rods worked great. The only problem was when I put on the strap and secured it the angle of the strap broke a few of the end rods on the outside of the hive. That had no effect on the rods on inside. Just means they won't be that easy to remove.

With this one I am 99.9 percent certain I have the queen.  I could have lost her with a rod going in or she flew out of the hive as I was cutting it down,

That hive was 6 months old.

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2008, 10:30:47 AM »

Wow, that is amazing, and way beyond anything I will ever do in my bee work.  Fascinating stuff.
How long will you leave the bees "loose" like that in the hive bodies?  How/when will you add frames?
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2008, 10:38:33 AM »

I will add hive bodies with frames to the top of the hive. One I have three hive bodies on top and the queen is laying in the top. I will make sure and place an excluder between the bodies with frames and the wild hive. After two weeks have passed I will check the feral hive to make sure there is no new brood.

If there is no new brood I will remove the feral comb. I will then crush and strain the honey. And melt the wax.

Should take about 2-3 months for the total conversion.

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2008, 11:18:51 AM »

So those rods are to support the feral comb?  How does that not crush the bees - and maybe the queen?
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2008, 11:39:38 AM »

The rods go through the side of the comb and I put them through very slowly. The are also spaced about 2 inches apart.

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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2008, 01:18:33 PM »

Awesome!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2008, 11:58:50 PM »

The rods go through the side of the comb and I put them through very slowly. The are also spaced about 2 inches apart.

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Brendhan

That's what was iimpressive and demonstrated very good planning. I've seen it done before, just have never done it myself.
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