My first cut out.

They didn’t get grumpy until we were taking the second comb out. They were surprisingly patient as we got started. And by the end, we were too busy to pay attention to their temper tantrums. We even let the smoker go out and forgot all about it. Never saw a queen, but Randy has at least 3 queen cells in the frames.

I only got stung 2.5 times. The half was through my jeans and I didn’t feel it as much as the 2 through my gloves.

This is what it looked like before we started on it

And there were a LOT of bees using that opening.

This is the “undamaged” wall.

Chris trying to see where the bottom is while Randy watches.

Randy starting up the smoker

And taking a Before picture

Starting to get in it.


We think this is all of it


Randy starting to cut

out the first board.

And take it off


Removing the first comb


He has ingenious frames that hold the feral comb.




The bees cleaned all the honey he got on his camera off for him before we left.


And there was a LOT of honey.  Besides this for Randy, some went to the woman who wanted the colony removed, some went to the helper (ME!!!) and some went to the neighbor who showed up with a pot to carry it in.

This is the hole after we took out as much comb and bees as we could.

Randy took 2 boxes of comb with brood, pollen, honey and at least 3 queen cells back to his bee yard.  Plus a couple of packages of bees in the vacuum box.

Feral comb honey for my mother.

Plus our high tech honey extraction system.

And here is Randy’s take on the whole thing  🙂  There is a link to his blog in our sidebar. Randy and Meg’s Garden Paradise.



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8 responses to “My first cut out.

  1. Kitty,
    Wow you extracted it already! Great photos. Glad you took photos of my camera covered in bees. I didn’t think these bees were that bad. My bees at home chased me big time and stung me in my hair. The new bees seemed much tamer. I just posted some video and a few photos. Thanks again for your help and support today!!

  2. Smokers are more trouble then they are worth in a cut out, it causes the queen to run around more then usual, I stopped bringing mine for this reason. I’m not surprised your home bees chased you randy if you still had the cloths you did the cut out with on, when a bee stings she leaves an alarm pheromone if you “watch/smell” for it and the bee is close enough to your face you can smell it, its very distinct 🙂

    Looks like you guys were really prepared for this, I was using elastics to tie my comb to the frames, and the first time I did a cut out I didn’t even have a bee vac 🙂

  3. This is amazing stuff, Kitty. Thanks so much for hugely enlarging my education on Bees and their World! what’s the deal on the smoker? I thought at first you weren’t going to use them, but now I see them in action.

  4. Randy,

    I thought they were surprisingly mellow considering what we were doing.

    And I expect Sam is correct about why your’s were so testy when you got home. Unless it was just the mean colony being mean, again.

  5. This was Randy’s project and his smoker. So far, we don’t own one. We’re still debating whether we think we need one or not.

    Fear may cause us to make that purchase when it is time to harvest a little honey next year. Smoke does distract them from what humans are doing.

    I have been able to manage changing out the feeding jars for our hives in the mornings before they get busy and have needed neither smoke nor protective clothing.

    I haven’t gone in to look at the combs. There is really no need at this point. They are too new to show any symptoms if they do have any issues. And their activity indicates that there are queens in there and everyone seems to be doing what they are supposed to.

  6. Kitty,
    We have a swarm in a oak tree from yesterdays bees, not a big one, but 35 foot up. The swarm I caught Monday has gone now too.

  7. Can you tell which box the swarm is from? How are the rest of yesterday’s bees doing?

  8. Kitty,

    A golf ball size cluster stayed in the vac box last night today they all fell dead. The front porch at the time of swarming was entirely covered in bees. The cluster is small and 35 ft up, not growing, not a big loss. They have carried out 50 or more dead bees and larva, good sign they want to make it home. Just can off the roof from watching the swarm, got attacked up there by a single bee. Bees hate me.

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