Re: cutout questions
Temperaments change all the time; even honey bees, maybe two pairs of jeans . I am not a big fan of smoking cutouts because it makes the queen run and hide, which other bees follow. It also makes the bees gorge on honey, thus when they go through the vacuum, disaster can strike, especially if you have to much suction. I typically vacuum last, after removing all or most of the comb. One thing with cutouts is that you never know how long it is going to take until you know what you are dealing with (it is exposed), and issues will come up. However, you get faster at them. No everyone doesn't charge, but after you do a few for to little or nothing, you will always charge something. Typically I move the hive at sundown the day I cut them out. Come back the next night and vacuum any stragglers and repair if that was part of the deal. Bring a friend , another pair of hands is priceless.
Please excuse me, I am now free to go manage & treat ;)
my ladies the best way I know how.