the cut-out went perfect, found the queen on the 5th comb and she is now hanging in the box in a queen clip. the floor they were in was 18inch high TJI floor joists and the comb was from the top to the bottom, sorry for no pics in the field yet I left my field camera in the garage where the cut-out was Ill get it soon. just 1 shot of the bees put in there new home with my crap home camera.
zookeep, dumb question, If you do not find the queen, do you just dump them all in?
Reason that I asked, the four swarms that I have caught, I tried to get all the bees in a box and wait and see if the rest came in. Usually a good indicator that the queen is there.
I'm just curious why you isolated the queen when they all came from the same hive?
I let the queen (L1) loose on Sunday, opened up the hive today and saw her just moving along droppen eggs like crazy, she didnt miss a beat when I was holding the frame out of the hive, the odd thing is, the 3 feral hives are much more calm then the all American or the Buckfast hive is, I opened L1 30min before dark and only had 1 worker buzzing me and I didnt use any smoke.