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What is the best way to remove an open air hive from a public building 30-35 feet up? Will a bee vac be best or are there other options?
 

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If you are able to scrape comb and place into frames (using string, fishing line, etc.) to hold it into frames you should do it. Especially important is the brood comb as it is likely where the queen is and would give the new hive new workers immediately. Honey comb; you can give them or eat it. As long as you feed them in the new box they should be fine.
 

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Yes, this I understand. I was looking for particulars of an open air hive.
Lacking images it's difficult to comment with certainty but...

If you are able to scrape comb and place into frames (using string, fishing line, etc.) to hold it into frames you should do it. Especially important is the brood comb as it is likely where the queen is and would give the new hive new workers immediately. Honey comb; you can give them or eat it. As long as you feed them in the new box they should be fine.
 

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Yes, this I understand. I was looking for particulars of an open air hive.

They're the easiest type of removal, on par with swarm. They can't be much more straight forward. You see the hive, the bees, and comb is free hanging. What more do you want. The height is the only concern, so be careful. Like my beeman said vac the bees and rubberband brood/pollen comb into frames. Try to find the queen, cage her. Set the relocated box nearby for a day or two and come back near dawn/dusk to move to final site. You'll get nearly all the bees.

You can just throw honey comb in a bucket, often it is soft and difficult to deal with...have them rob back to hive at the final site.
 

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Set the relocated box nearby for a day or two and come back near dawn/dusk to move to final site.
Unfortunately this will not be possible due to the high traffic in the area. I will be building a vac tomorrow. Thanks for the replies.
 
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