Well finally got to go and do the cut out, it was in an old use to be church building. The property owners furnished scaffolding and Jay even suited up and helped while Tim was the ground man. They said the hive was 15 to 20 years old, but I think bees had come and gone a couple of times. They were very nice and even fed me pizza for lunch.http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/5672/1000804p.jpg
Jay, one of the the property owners, getting ready to start pulling boards.http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/1800/1000805.jpghttp://img297.imageshack.us/img297/9712/1000807.jpghttp://img297.imageshack.us/img297/8048/1000812.jpg
that's me putting some brood comb in a rack.http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/491/1000818zsd.jpghttp://img297.imageshack.us/img297/7813/1000823t.jpg
Lots of honey.http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/489/1000825.jpg
The finished cut out.http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/3393/1000826.jpg
three, six gallon buckets of honey combhttp://img297.imageshack.us/img297/807/1000828d.jpg
old comb from a previous hive in the same wall.http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/4893/1000830.jpg
The finished cut out with the hive sitting in front of the wall.
These were very gentle bees and the bee vac worked great.
I had cut out the biggest part of the comb and all of the brood, took a break and when I went back and cut the next piece of comb out there was the queen, I could not believe it.
There was not many bees in this hive for the size of it, I think they had swarmed not long ago.
All is well and will go and pick them up tomorrow evening or morning.
A big thanks to Jay and Tim, the property owners.