I have a hive that was from an open air hive. I was told it started out the size of a softball. It was bigger than a football when I got it. After cutting the limb and looking at it, it started falling apart before I could put the comb in the box. With a knife, cut the comb and rubber band the comb into a frame. Then add foundation for the remainder of the frames. The larvae will lock the bees to your hive. By the way, that hive was the gentlest hive that I have worked. Even after the frames fell, with no protection, we never took a sting. The queen did not survive the comb falling off the stick but they raised a new one from the eggs and they stayed gentle. Good luck.