Sam from Raymond Terrace NSW.
First time beekeeper very green to this. My father in law has a property close by and due to recent severe storms one of his iron bark trees has fallen over, with a hive inside. What I was wondering was, is it possible to get a brood box going and transfer these bees in? From what I can see the colony looks strong. They are definitely some sort of European breed. The bees seem to not mind me walking straight up to the entry point within two feet. The father in law wants to cut the tree up but I’ve held him up in case I can save the colony and transfer them over. I understand I need to get the queen, not sure how big the hive is until I cut in with a chainsaw. Do I have a chance of success here? If so, what’s the best plan? Smoking, sugar water, cutting the tree open at night? Baiting a brood box next to the existing hive? The entry for the bees into the tree was facing south before it fell over, now it faces directly up to the sky now so I’m not sure how long they’ll survive the rain and weather. Any tips/advice appreciated. Sam