With the assistance of one of my employees, Ross, we did a cut out this morning. It was not pretty but thanks to the bee vac that I copied from Robo's design the job went well. I only got stung four times and Ross twice. We did not see the queen. I will check in a few days to see if she is in the hive. We tied all the brood to empty wood frames (about 6 frames) and finished filling the box with drawn comb. When we got back to the house, I simply took the box of vacuumed bees and placed it on top of the brood box. Rob's design is great! We did a crush and strain on the honey; got two gallons.
Getting set up. See my bee vac?
First, a little smoke.
Ross gets access to them.
I regroup after getting stung a couple of times.
Separating the brood from the honey.