I have an awesome and docile feral colony set up under a work shed. They have already allowed me to capture 5 swarms this year, so I have my long wanted working bee hives, but my husband is insisting he wants the feral hive removed. I hate to do that to them, but really have no choice :'(. I have been thinking of ways to save the colony. I know the size of the hive, which is built under a plywood floor, with a space open to the yard that they use and their entrance/exit. The colony is between floor joists, and goes from the middle support of the shed to their access point. The hive is 16" by 4 feet long. (stethascopes are awesome...lol) IS is possible, for me to build a hive box a bit bigger than that size, and cut out the hive, and place the entire colony, piece of floor included, onto/into the box? My idea is to make it the width of a standard hive, so I could add some frames for them to work, and continue the life of the colony. Am I out of my mind? I know the hive will be huge, but...Any other ideas? I know, I am a newbee, so maybe a bit crazy/clueless...Any and all help and ideas will be truly appreciated!!!