Re: Post Cut-Out Advice
I do a lot of cutouts here and one thing I have learnt is to never assume you didn't get the queen. I have had new queens killed by cutout colonies on several occasions because I 'thought" they were queenless. For me one of the best things about doing cutouts is the ability to carry on that line of genetics. They could have been in that shed for several years. Those are the bees I prefer. I always wait a week to 10 days before I do anything with a cutout. They need to re-adjust, get things organized and clean up that mess as a result of the cutout. Often times the queen won't lay for a week until things settle down again. After they are undisturbed for a week go in and inspect them. More often than not your either going to find fresh eggs or queen cells being built. Once you introduce a new queen your genetics from that colony are history.
"Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay".....Krishnamurti