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Well, I have only done 6 cutouts, but I will be glad to help. I would get in there as quietly as possible, and gently but thoroughly smoke them. Also make sure to have close on hand a unused weed spayer full of light sugar syrup. Once the smoke has taken effect, go in and spray (not soak) all exposed bees with syrup; this gives them something to do while you get to work. I normally start on one end by cutting the first comb off and quickly and gently vacuuming the bees off both sides of the comb, and then spraying the bees on the next comb with syrup to keep them occupied repaet for each comb, always keeping a sharp eye out for the queen, because it is really nice if you can cage her so that you know where she is. When you get to the brood area, make sure to save this comb in as best condition as possible, because when you are finished with the cutout, use rubber bands to secure the brood comb into at least 10 empty frames, so that the bees can have emerging brood to sustain the population while they get reorientated and reorganized.
The bee vac will probably be a lifesaver for you. It can be very helpful, especially for beginners.
Stay calm, never panic, just keep your head together and think about a good logical solution to each problem.
Save everything you get from the cutout; you can melt the extra wax down and sell it, and you can eat or give away the honey.
It will probably seem horribly sticky and hot, but just perservere. Feel free to ask me any other questions.
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