Cut-out made easy.
Recently got a call from a neighbor saying he had bees in his old chicken shed and he was going to tear it down. I asked if he could wait until next spring because it was so late in the year. Alas, his wife overruled him and said get the bees out.
A massive number of bees were in two different sections of the shed. One was around 15-20 ft. in the air and the other was about 5ft up. Long story made short. We plugged all the holes, took a chainsaw and cut around the hive, and moved them to a new location. One hive measured 2x7 the other was 6x6. We had to have a tractor lift one and a forklift to lift the other, because they were so heavy.
Hopefully they will make it through winter and I can take them out at that point. He told me they have been there since at least the 80s and produce swarms almost every year. I was like "Why haven't you been calling me!" he said he didn't know what the swarms were doing. I'm guessing he thought the bees enjoyed an afternoon stroll.
As Grandma says "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me"