Re: Farmboy looking to save hives.
I'd build a roof/cover for the downed hive. I also think I would get standard Langstroth equipment. I'd try to capture bees, if you have that many feral hives. You, sir are one lucky beekeeper. I'd capture and produce from those bees using lemongrass oil. If the bees in the downed tree do not survive, I'd cut into the log and use the natural comb that was drawn. Sounds like you are in a great spot to have happy, healthy bees for a long time. Best wishes, Sir.
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