Back in the late summer a friend of mine called saying he had a bee tree in a fence row that I was welcome to. I tried a trap out, but there were to many entrances the bees could use for that to work. Well I gave up and planned on cutting and moving the bee tree to my property next spring.
Well I got a call last night from the friend and he said during the high winds in our area the previous day the tree had fallen across his fence. He used a backhoe to get the tree off the fence so he could make repairs. I went this morning and sectioned off the part of the tree that had the bees and using my winch on my Jeep, I winched the tree upon my trailer. I then took them to my land and placed them about 30 feet from my other hive. It was about 50 degrees today and I had to wear my bee suit cause of all the bees flying around. I placed plyboard on both open ends of the tree to keep skunks and other critters out. I’ve got the tree laying flat right now, but what I need to know. Do I get some help and stand the tree upright like it was? Or just leave it laying flat until Spring?