Hi all from Southern Indiana. I too am wanting to learn how to keep bees and hope to get some good advice here.

Unlike others without bees, I have at least four feral hives on my farm--all in dead and rotting poplar trees.
One tree is on the ground now. It fell with the entry hole straight up and I'm worried moisture and other threats will kill the hive this winter.

The log is about 16 inches diameter and I was thinking about cutting off the hive portion and inserting it into a wooden box of some type and storing in the barn for winter. Maybe even feed them. Any ideas what I should do? When is the best time to do a cut out with the most success? Also should I use a top bar or regular hive? Should I just let nature take its course and wait till spring and hope for the best?

Thanks alot, John.