Since i started beekeeping 1 year ago- suddenly I have become aware of people with various bee issues... One such is a friend who has a colony living in a hollow log suspended from a tree. when I saw it it was hanging by two old wires and about to fall- I suggested an intervention- I just got these photos that show the intervention must now happen sooner rather than ater as the hive is now literally hanging by a single thread:
so in the last month at some time this log went from hanging at a horizontal to a 45% angle- I assume that has caused the bees some issues already?
Anyway it could fall at any moment (a 9 foot drop) so we are going to go up and secure it as is for the time being- or take it down and place it on a stand.
I am wondering if anyone has any ideas about how to re-hive it? The 'owner' is happy for it to stay as is- or be rehived.
It looks like it's hollow all the way with a tin cap on one end.
I was thinking I could take that cap off- cut a hole into a brood box and mount the long half inside- letting the bees keep the log and build up into a proper hive- having the log as an elaborate entrance? Is that a stupid idea?