Re: Bee removal in january-help!
Ed, obviously this is a terrible time to be attempting a cutout, but if the alternative is that the hive will be destroyed, then you have no choice but to do the best you can. Mr. Ed, aka Jeff Horschoff, recently posted a January cut out video. The key here is to frame up all the comb with stores as well as brood and try to configure the hive so the bees can access brood, honey, and pollen. Finding and caging the queen is a necessity for the first few days. Good luck.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.