Re: Cut-out successful under mobile home - got lucky and found the queen (video)
Great cut out PatBeek! On the second cut out I ever did (with my friend's help who is not a beekeeper) we had the same deal where the queen was in the grass in a bundle of bees. My friend is the one who noticed, and found her. I didn't know at that time how tricky it can be to find the queen in a cut out.
How were the honey stores on your cutout? My country bees are in a bad situation--with rain and dearth, it's only mid July and my new colonies were bone dry. I just found out today as it's the first chance I had to get out there since I got back from vacation. It was strange, I could smell their distress as soon as I walked into the yard. I took honey frames from the hives I left real strong with stores. I stopped though because all the hives were getting pretty stirred up and I didn't want to create a big robbing problem. I've not seen it this bad and this is my 4th summer. Back yard bees doing ok, it's the country bees I'm very concerned about.
Not to hijack your thread, I just wondered how it is where you are.
Are you getting all the rain like we are here in SWFL? Naples got over 6" in one day on Sunday.
"Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder"--
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King