got a call from a junk yard down the street from PD maintenance shop I work at Monday. They got a old combine machine in that has a hive in it . I went by and looked at it and told them that I could get it in the morning. well I get there a 7am. and it was a cool night. got every thing together. went around and found that a large group had tried to make it on a tree limb that night. most had died but a small ball had made it. I Scooped them up with my hands and put them in the beebox. I could not see if the queen was with them. then I got ready for the auger pipe they were in. there was a large large nest but the crane had opened a big gash in the pipe that i did not see.
the comb was destroyed. flies had layed eggs and had maggots in the honey. So I had only one option. I got the bee vac out and started sucking the ones left trying to get the honey out of the destroyed comb. I was there for 4 hours and got a box packed full. worked in tee and shorts. Very docile not one sting and no headbutting. Got home about 1pm and put a box together. 9 frames in a deep. I went to my strong hive and got a frame of brood and open larvae and put that in the box. I dumped the bees in and they went right in . I added a coke bottle feeder to the top lid and reduced the entrance. I checked them today at 6pm. they are very docile and going in and out. I hope that sense the goldenrod has not bloomed yet that they may make it. I don't know if the queen is there. I'll check it the weekend. wish me luck. I'll try to get photos up this weekend.
I do have one question. these bees have some different coloring than most . some have the regular tiger striped but some have part tiger then solid black to the tail. but they have a great personality. any ideas what type these are. . maybe a cross breed.