Re: Wintertime bee removal
If you have a box of honey to give them, the odds of survival is near 100%. I did a January cutout a few years ago for a colony that was broodless and moved them into a shallow super full of honey. The bees readily accepted the new box that was on some boards nailed to the side of the tree I cut them out of. A sunny day near 60F is ideal to do a broodless cutout. I moved them that evening with all of the bees inside the box.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest