i contacted someone who says they have an open hive in a tree about the size of 2 basketballs. i haven't verified yet wether it is realy honeybes and not a hornet nest. anyway, if it is a honeybee colony, what is the best way to remove. winter is just starting and it is snowing today. should i try to remove soon? can they survive till spring if they have enough stores? i was thinking if possible to cut the whole branch and put into a box as is until spring, then cut and band the comb into frames. i would probably have to make a larger box to fit them as is if the hive is as large as he said it is. any thoughts or recommendations appreciated.