I have a cutout to bid. Really.
HELP! Actually I'm starting to guess the answers to bee questions before the experienced beeks get to them, so I might be half way ready. Not quite equipment ready. I will probably rent a scaffold, the entry point is under inexpensive fiberboard (masonite) type siding that I know Home Depot still sells, because I got some for one wall of my house last fall. Warned the home owner we would be replacing that, no telling if it will come off in re-hangable condition.
I have pm'd my local mentor, haven't heard back.
But I am SO excited. I took a pic but it's almost unnecessary. Foundation shift caused a crack between bricks on the lower story of the house, about bee width, swarm moved in spring 2011, above the bricks, and the crack, house goes to masonite siding. And the beehive is in behind that, between the corner of the house and the side of the fireplace chimney, nice, brick, a beeswidth furrow between every brick. Foragers periodically enter the den and go to the windows, trying to get out.
I have no earthly idea what price to bid (I would cheerfully work for free for the bees and the experience). I was going to pass it to a more experienced company but it just looks too easy.
My plan is NOT set. Not sure whether to build a beevac, drill a holesaw opening the diameter of the beevac hose, and try to remove the loose workers first (liable to tick them all off).
My initial thought was just pry the siding off, have a lot of boxes with lids, put comb and bees in boxes, put in back of truck, leave a box for foragers to return to, be SURE to scrape off as much wax and honey as possible, seal openings into house from exterior side with great stuff foam, put new siding on, and Take off. Actually my crew can do the reassembly while I move the bees out.
Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, guess I will teach permaculture in drought. The bees are still alive.