So checked out these 3 wild hives the land owner wants gone. Two are in trees, likely going to just cut the tree and split the truck. Chinaberry tree and a hackberry tree. First will be easy. Second one is about 25 feet up and might be a mess when it hits the ground.
But the third hive was under their trailer. Checked on it and there is comb about 15 to 20 inches wide and about 15 inched tall. Appeared to be about 5 to 7 sheets of it. The bees were there since late last winter. The comb is dark and well used. There is no honey visible, no pollen, no larvae, eggs, or pupae I could see, and only about 100 bees. I saw no sign of hive beetles, wax looked fine, no sign of wax worms, only a cockroach was out of line. The bees didn't even come off the hive when I pulled off the trailer skirting.
So when I take the first hive would it be ok to combine the bees from the second hive. Or am I risking diseases (they are about 150 feet apart).
I am going to just pull down the old comb under the trailer. Would it be ok to use this as foundation, put it in frames, freeze it to kill any eggs, and use this as comb to put in a hive. Was thinking of doing that then pulling it once it is attached to the frame and use it for swarm traps.
Ok, so that is this greenhorn's ideas, how about some of ya'll with experience to chime in.