..Yes, one of my neighbors complained that there's a beehive hanging off their tree 20 feet in the air ...about the size of a basket ball. I assume I'd want to take them at night or evening.
It is quite a big. I woud take them in pieces. Bees may occypy 2 langstroth boxes
I woud do this way: Put brood frame or two into the light hive box, then other frames
. Put something between shoulders and walls, because when you move box, frames began to slosh.
Put rope over next branche and pull box adjacent the beeball.
You may use a little box which is easy to handle and you take them in pieces.
Let bees move into box themselves. If hive does not have any brood in tree hole or is it in open air? , they will come all around brood. Queen come on brood frame.
Then you move box away 5 kilometres. And if you have more bees you do the same trick untill some evening all bees are catched.
If you begin to handle them near evening bees will be quite mad. In the middle of day half are on field and they have good feeling.
* I can feed them syrup and next day combine them with one of my weak colonies.
* The queen's failing so I need to replace her anyway. Please, I need advice!
- Those are good ideas.
- But when you move, is it far enough to do trick?
- If hive has no brood you need not to knock them. They move themselves.