About two months ago I had a huge hive removed from inside the wall of a rental house. It spanned stud to stud (around 14") and over six feet tall. The guy charged $250 and I swore I'd do it myself next time. Well, they're back. I'm interested in bee keeping so I'm wondering if it's possible to capture the hive and move them into a hive box?
I don't really have the time to invest in a new hobby right now, but I'd like to avoid killing the hive. I just want to move them out of the wall, away from the house, and into a box so I can work with them when I have time. Of course with minimal costs involved. This is on ag zoned land so there's lots of room, and I live in Hawaii so there's no cold weather related concerns.
I built a box based on my admitted limited knowledge, basically to match hive boxes I've seen. I figure hey, they're living in a wall...the box can't be any worse.
So basically, do I just smoke them a lot, pull the plywood off the wall, smoke them some more, and start moving bees into the box? Obviously I'll need the queen(s), and I'll want to do this when the workers are in the hive (early morning or in the evening). Any glaring details I've missed?
Should I put any/all of their existing honeycomb in the hive box?
I appreciate any and all advice.