Re: Hive in the woods
What is the rush to get them?
Originally Posted by LarryBud
Why even get them at all?
Do you urgently need more bees OR afraid someone else will take them?
I'd try to ensure their best survival over the winter and so check on them time to a time for that (make sure they can breath, at least).
IF they do survive (a good sign of a worthy bee), I'd consider what to do in spring - a cut-out OR trap for the swarms (I'd prefer the swarms and keep the source as-is).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.