Normally in a forum i like to research a little prior to posting, but i'm not sure how much time i have.
I noticed quite awhile back that i had a natural bee nest in a branch of one of the trees in the yard of the house i just got. Two neighbors pointed it out to me afterwards, and i kept meaning to research a little about transfer to a hive. Well, today, it rained pretty hard and knocked down the branch onto the driveway the honeycombs that were outside of the branch had a swarm of bees around them, but other pieces of the branch had clumps of bees trying to escape from the inch or so of water where they had fell. I got a trashcan and scooped the honeycomb into a trashcan to protect them from the rain and moved it off the driveway. I then went back and got all the bit of wood that had bees on them and got most of the bees into the trashcan and then went back and tried to save the rest of the bees that were struggling in the water. Most of the bees weren't flying and i only got one sting from a bee that had crawled up my leg and must have gotten squeezed a little when i squatted down. I was going to buy a hive online, but luckily i found a hive kit at the tractor supply store and bought that as well as a veil figuring that the rain must have restricted the flight capacity of the bees and i might be more likely to get stung on my second attempt "domesticate" them by putting them in a hive.
Anyway, anyone have any advice on a few things that need to bee (pun intended) done? I have no clue yet on what i need to do except what i have read in the last few hours. Here are the first few questions i have from what i know so far:
Do i need to act quickly to get the bees in a safe environment so that the hive survives or will they just stay with the honeycombs inside the trashcan so i don't need to rush?
I know from a long time ago that there is a queen, is she easily spotted (figure she is in that main honeycomb)?
I've not yet opened the box and looked at how the beehive i bought goes together yet, but i assume there are vertical trays from what i can see from the graphics on the box, can i take out a few of those and just try and fit the honeycomb (its much bigger, obviously not square and appears thicker but its hard to tell) in there so as not to disturb the bees as much? The majority of the bees are all clinging to that main honeycomb.
Am i just being naive that i can even save this hive?
Any help is welcome, i have been thinking about transferring this nest to a hive for awhile, but as the title suggests, i think i have some divine intervention making me procrastinate less...