I am a beekeeper of less than one year. I have two hives. Anyway, I had a large limb fall on my property yesterday. Today, when I was checking it out, I realizes that the limb was hollow and it broke. There is a hive in it. I think 30% of the hive is down, the rest of the comb is in the tree, 30 feet up.
There was a ball of bees on the ground around some pieces of comb. It is 40 degrees here and going to be in the upper 20's tonight.
I got an empty deep and medium hive body, and a bottom board. I put some a fair bit of their comb that appears to have honey in it, and I put it in the center of the medium body, and put EMPTY frames with foundation (thats all I have available) around it. Then I put the deep hive body on top since the comb is taller than a single medium. I put an inner cover on it and a top.
I put it near the ball of bees and I scooped as many up as possible and dumped them in the hive body. It appears as though the rest have moved into the hive. I was going to use a couple of medium frames from my existing hives to supplement them, but there isnt much honey for them, and Im not willing to sacrifice the safety of my good hives yet.
Anyway, I didnt know what else to do but they would die for sure otherwise. SO...the wild bees are in the new hive with whatever honey they have. I was going to make sugar syrup for them tonight and put a hive top feeder on it in case they needed it.
What else do I need to do? but move it to the apiary and wait for spring and continue to feed them as long as they take syrup?????