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Author Topic: My First Cutout - CrossPointe Academy "Cavalier Bees'  (Read 1633 times)
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« on: March 17, 2013, 10:47:54 PM »

While scoping out a place to put a swarm trap last week, I discovered an existing colony in the underside of an old storage trailer on the property of a small private school. My wife and 12 yr old daughter decided they wanted in on the fun also.  They were very excited to be a part and loved every minute of it.  It’s possible these bees will be relocated back over to the schools property for an agricultural program they’re considering in the future. Hive equipment has been donated to the cause and it’s a neat opportunity to be involved with.  It took us about 2 ½ hours to complete the job.  We filled 9 medium frames with drawn comb and best of all located the queen.  I went back over a couple hours before dark and they had completely oriented to the new hive.  After dark we closed up the entrance and moved them to my bee yard for the time being.  Hope you enjoy the “amateur” video.
 




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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2013, 11:13:43 PM »

Nice video.  Looks like you done a great job on your first one and made it a family affair.   
Hope there's more removals for ya to do later.

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 11:33:01 PM »

Nice job. Even found the queen, that is the hardest part.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2013, 11:36:51 PM »

Well done, enjoyed the video...

Hadn't seen that configuration on a homemade bee vac before...Very interesting, was that an original design, or something you've seen somewhere else?  Were you pleased with it's performance? 
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013, 11:58:09 PM »

I copied the idea from this post, http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php?topic=13631.0, with some slight modifications.  The cost was about $30 at the hardware store for 2.5” hose, hose fitting and clamps. I had the water bottle, shop vac, #8 hardware cloth and plywood on hand. It took about 2 1/2 hours to assemble. I drilled several small diameter holes along the top and bottom rings to reduce the suction through the hose and to allow for maximum ventilation inside the bottle. I also created a guard on the shop vac side using the plywood and hardware cloth. The suction was just enough to make it a little frustrating and still keep the bees in the bottle from working their way back out of the hose.  I didn’t notice any dead bees in the bottle when we finished.  I think the only improvements that may be beneficial would be to eliminate the bottle neck and use a hose with a slick interior.  Occasionally the bees did clump up inside the hose and I’d have to use some persuasion (shake the hose) to work them into the bottle. That said, I was fairly satisfied with its performance.  We had a great time!


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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 03:01:26 PM »

Great job.....the really good part was involving the young one.....as for the wife she can give you instructions on how to get the job done right.  lol
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 03:39:18 PM »

No worries.  It was her first time working with the bees also.  We had a great time and both of them have been sucked into my obsession.  I loved every minute of it.  grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013, 05:41:22 PM »

Wonderful video!  It looks like the whole family loves it!  You are blessed!
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 05:53:44 PM »

Great job! Looks like you breezed right through your first cut out!

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 08:02:56 PM »

Thanks so much for sharing the video with everyone... Am hoping my daughter will get involved with bees as well. Brought a smile to my face when i showed her the video and she asked when is she getting her own bee suit...  angel Can't wait !!!  Great video...
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2013, 05:40:47 PM »

Thanks for sharing!  Seeing your daughter smile during the process was precious!  Great family time.  And, you made it look so easy!  I'll have to see if I can get my boys to help out!

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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 07:43:16 AM »

Terrific video!   Nice to see the whole family enjoying it.
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2013, 03:05:24 AM »

GREAT video, and looks to be a complete success!   applause  Great job on the video, AND removal!  Getting the whole family involved...A PLUS PLUS PLUS!!!   applause  Now if only they could all go that well...  bee bee bee th_thumbsupup
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