The cutout from heck
A couple of weeks ago we did a cutout from some folks ceiling during a rain storm. Bad idea. It was a really big colony, over 70lbs of honey stores. We took lots of stings. It took 1-1/2 deeps to accommodate all their brood. I put a third empty deep on top so I could shake the bees in from the bee-vac cages. They were so pissed that I had to leave the empty deep on and just put the migratory cover on top of it. I had done this many times in the past with cutouts and they always went directly down to the comb and I removed the empty hive body a week later to avoid more disturbance. When I went back to remove it on this hive, to my surprise, they had abandoned almost all the brood, but instead of absconding, they started a new broodnest on the migratory top and it was almost the size of a basketball aready! They were still tending about three frames of brood in the second deep, but they had let the SHB completely demolish the entire first deep of brood. I removed the first deep (gave it and the SHB larvae to a fire ant mound) and left them alone. I am pretty disgusted with them, and have not decided if I want to cut them out again or just shake them into mini-nucs with new queens or something. Any suggestions?
"The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."