The landowner was trying to burn out a raccoon from an old Black Walnut tree. Things got out of hand, the tree burned and fell. It was when he was trying to log it up he discovered the bees. This was 3 weeks ago. My wife and I responded to try to save the colony. The bees even though they had been laying on their side for about 3 weeks, were very active, it appeared to be a large hive, it certainly was a large tree. We got it cut out, and into a truck and brought it home. Put screen over their entrance, and plywood over the base where lots of debris was, my wife said she saw some comb up in there. We unloaded the log and have kept it in the position we found it approximately. Our plan is to try and overwinter the colony that is if they recover well from this transition. There is no way for us to know if comb got busted lose in the original fall, or what is going on in there. They're plenty pissed I know that. I got nailed on the temple when checking them out. The log weighs about 250 to 280# I would say. Not easy to move around at all.
Should we set the log up on end closer to where it would have been originally while the tree was still standing? Or is it safe to assume they're adapted to the new angle of life and comb?
My plan is to remove the screen tomorrow, and let them get acclimated to the new environment. Would anyone think that it is better to leave the screen on for a few days?
We transferred them about 50 miles.
Here are photos