The video you all are referencing was shot by Anita Deeley, a woman and first time visitor to Dee's beeyards. Her blog is BeverlyBees.
Each yard we visited has between 20 and 50 colonies, each colony 4 boxes in March, at least 2 of the boxes occupied by bees, so no, all the bees are not in the air!
Mike, do you think that when bees draw comb in nature, without foundation, that there is an order to the cell orientation? What do the combs and cells look likein a natural hive?
This trip through the yards was not a work up but to check for deadouts and mostly to give the conference visitors a chance to see the bees and how they are generally managed. No "help" was needed.
Dean did go through one yard with the smoker amd the bees were very calm.
For anyone serious about understanding her bees, Dee is a generous and gracious host. We have worked the bees with her over the past 6 years and are still alive and continue to return to her yards.
Sometimes I wonder what you "guys" are so afraid of!