I just did my first hive removal today. It was way more work than I bargained for. The hive was in a water meter box and the bees were using a tiny hole in the top for their entrance. The guy who called me and wanted them removed told me they had only been there a few weeks so I only brought one medium to use to hive them. I figured they should only have a couple of wafers of comb built in a few weeks. When I opened it up there were about six 2' x 2' pieces of comb that filled the entire cavity! Pretty fast work for bees that had only been there a fewweeks! I pulled all the comb out, cut it to shape and rubber banded all that I could fit into the medium super. I cut about 10-15 lbs of honey off and gave it to family that I was removing it for and left out most of the drone brood. I then put the medium super about two feet away from the meter box. The meter box still had quite a few bees in it and I couldnt get them out so I put the lid on the meter box and put a wire funnel over the hole they were using to get in and out. Everything seemed to go well and I watched a lot of bees enter the new medium. The problem is I just went back this evening to inspect the hive and see what was happening and many of the bees seem to have left their new home and have all clustered around the screen funnel to the meter box. Im guessing that the queen is still inside the meter box. Is there anyway to get her out and get the bees to accept the new hive? I was thinking of using some fume board stuff. Will that get them out? With the queen? Any other ideas? I am wishing I would have made a bee vac like I was told!