I am just getting into bees and have much to learn. I have a colony of bees in a large tree in the back yard that I want to save. They have been in this tree for several years but the tree is dead and needs to come down before it does it on its own. I am thinking of removing the branch with the colony in it in one piece. I think I can lower it down without damaging it. I was wondering if it would be advisable to do this while it is still cold out. Move the branch to where I can manage it, leave the bees in place until the weather warms then either trap them into a box or open the branch up and get them out. Is this a good idea or will they leave when it gets warm? Also would you wait until it warms to cut the branch down? Thought it would be easier to do when they aren't moving around. All ideas and thoughts are welcome.