A friend of mine was taking honey off his hives. One strong hive ( 10 frame FD brood and 10 frame FD super) was pretty well full of honey but, so he told me , they were vicious and he copped a few stings.
I know what you will say:" re-queen"
The problem is that he is not sure if he can find the queen in such a strong hive. Indeed it is easier said then done even for an experienced beekeeper.
In the past when I had to deal with a similar hive I simply split the hive into two. Easier to deal with fewer bees.
Any other ideas?