Re: Wild Bees need to be moved
It's easier than you might think. The chimney might be tough. But you've got t easy since you don't had to worry about destroying anything or having to fix it. Make sure to bring a container with a lid to put harvested honey in, otherwise you'll get a real mess with robbers. Also bring a bucket of water for washing your hands/tools as needed. It's going to be a big sticky mess.
The primary goal is catching and caging the queen. I get my queen cars from Mann Lake Ltd, but you may have a better source.
I highly advise you get on YouTube and look up "jpthebeeman". He does cutouts in Souther Lousianna (U.S.), and has almost 300 videos. All very helpful.
One key tip is to remove comb one piece at a time, always looking for the queen. If you find her like that, cage her, and place the cage in the brood box. Work carefully and avoid driving the bees deeper into a wall or crevice. The queen will try and slip in a crack, and may not come back out. He sure the last section of comb you leave is a brood comb. If when you get to this piece you have not found the queen, leave it, and walk away for a while. The queen should tend to migrate back to that comb.
A bee vac is a HUGE help! I didn't have it on my first job, but I got lucky and found the queen early. My second job was a disaster in the first attempt, without the vac, so I built
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!