Thanks. Points well taken.Keep in mind Pat that the longer you wait to remove them, the more comb, honey and stores you will have to deal with. Inside the hive could be a total mess as it is. I would remove them ASAP. I'm sure you will take vids of the removal.
I'm definitely considering it.Just wondering.. why not leave it as is? That was a slow, soft landing so I'm sure they had very little mess to clean up. You already saved them from the chipper. Let them continue with their program that's been working for ten years and you can try to bait the swarms they throw out. Just a thought. If I had a bee tree (or part of one, like you) I'd probably let them be.
That's a very interesting idea. It's similar to what Cleo Hogan does with his trap-out method.I was wondering whether it is feasible to add a normal hive body of some kind, like a TBH or deep langstroth box, to the entrance of a wild hive. Would this extend the space that the bees consider their hive? It would be interesting to let them draw comb out in a hive body then take that away, so they will raise their own queens, and get a few free hives every year. Has anyone tried this?