Still doing cutouts.
After a very mild and moist spring and summer, there are bees everywhere around here. I am still getting calls to come get bees, in fact I received 2 today: 1 for bees building exposed comb on the outside of a barn; 1 for bees in a little house next to a school where the administrators are still talking about whether they can have bees flying around that close to the school (why they think they have any choice in it beats me).
I took up a colony of bees that had built comb under a playhouse last Thursday night. I knew there were about 22 combs, but I thought they were only about 18" long. Turns out they were all close to 30" long. It was an absolutely monstrous colony and all the wax was fairly new, no older than this season. I hived them and they fill 2 deeps. Because it was an easy removal and I got the queen, I only charged $50, although it took me almost 2 hours to get it done. I gave the lady some honeycomb with honey and I have about 4 gallons of honey I can bottle or feed back to the bees. The fun thing with this one was that the lady and her teenage son were so fascinated by what I was doing that (in spite of my cautions and recommendations) they kept sneaking up and standing just behind me so they could see better. Amazingly, they didn't get stung, nor even head butted. These were extremely gentle bees! I've never worked bees before that wouldn't get hostile when I cut out their comb. In the end, I was showing off by gathering up double handfuls of bees hanging from the timbers and shaking them into the hive.
Yes, life is good.
"Before I speak, I have something I'd like to say. . . . I will try to keep this short as long as I can." Yogi Berra