I was visiting my bees at a friend’s farm today and a neighbor came by to say there was a colony of bees that had taken up residence in an old trailer next door. I went to check it out and it looks like a pretty straight forward cut out, perfect for my first time attempting this! It’s winter here right now, so the bees were huddled for warmth mid day and seemed pretty mellow, not minding my presence. I’m thinking that cutting them out would work better really early in the morning or in the evening to insure most of the bees are there to be collected. I was also thinking that I should place a sheet on the floor to catch and collect any bees that fall. I’m not sure if I should try to brush them all of onto cloth and transfer them to a bucket before loosening the comb or if I should remove the comb and shake them all into a container.
Other than that, is there anything I have missed? Anyone have any words of advice before I try this?