Found a nice bee hive, until we cut down their tree. Looking to make a contact I asked a guy i knew that worked for a power company if they had run ins with honey bees. To my surprise he said that they just cut through one about a month ago and is still there
And it was just a mile and a half from my house.
So I took a drive over to inspect what I was dealing with. It was a good size oak tree that carpenter ants had hollowed out. The top had snapped off with the strong wind storm we had at the end of July, so the power company cut the top off. By doing so they cut thru the top of the hive just missing it but the hive was exposed to the weather. The tree was now only about 10' high.
We ended up just cutting it down and then cut the hive into two manageable pieces which we reassembled back at my beeyard. Not sure if we injured the queen but I did see eggs after a quick inspection of some comb pieces. Only time will tell. We did put a medium hive box on top of the tree and sealed up all the holes to force the bees to enter and exit out the bee box.