I've done many removal and cutouts over the years but done few trap outs. I've run into a trap out that I need help with. I want to get advice from those who have done trap outs before and had success. I've personally only done two. One was successful and one wasn't. This trap out will be from a chimney. The bees are deep in the chimney. The chimney has two fireplaces that are associated with it. The half of the chimney where the bees are has been completely bricked and filled. The problem is that the bees are at the very bottom of the chimney and span all the way across the bottom. The height of the chimney is about 20 feet or so. The bees are landing on the lip of the chimney and walking all the way to the bottom.
The chimney has a cap over half and is open on half. My thought is that I'll need to create a box that will fit over both the entire chimney top with a one way exit. Here are my questions.
1. Should I alter a bottom board with a one way exit so that the exit dumps directly into the hive bottom of the hive?
2. Does the exit need to be on a vertical plane or can it be horizontal ie... altering the bottom board to sit directly on top of the exit?
3. I'm assuming I need to put a "queen right" hive on the chimney to draw the evicted bees in?
You can find photos of the job here. https://plus.google.com/photos/109455718186385256142/albums/5886070806101436449?banner=pwa
I'm open to all suggestion to make this a success. It's a big colony.