Before I start I should note this will be the first time I’ll be doing anything with bees. But here goes.
About a year ago a swarm landed in our backyard and promptly moved into two large terracotta pots. One upside down on top of the other.
They’ve been there for a while now and it’s time for them to make the big move to the other side of the shed away from the washing line and into a home where we can access the honey. We managed to pick up two large 10 frame supers secondhand but unused.
So now the hard part. Here’s the plan at the moment feel free to let me know anywhere I’ve gone wrong. Without being able to see the inside I would assume there is comb joining the two pots top to bottom so going to have to rip the top pot off, flip it over and hope everything doesn’t just collapse. Than having removed the wax and plastic foundation that came in our hive place the straightest pieces of comb into the boxs trying to line them up with the empty frames for the bees to connect to. One question is how to stop these pieces of comb from all falling over?? I’ve heard of using elastic bands or small peices of wood between the comb what’s the preference for this kind of situation?
Given the size of their current home I imagine I’ll probably fill both of my new supers with comb than gathering as many bees as possible into the new boxs and hope I’ve got the queen. Leave the new hive next to the old one for a few days so any leftovers have a chance to find their new home before moving the hive to the other side of the shed.
Is there anything I’ve missed or doing wrong? I have a suit and smoker ready to go. I’m sure they’ll come in handy when I litterally rip the hive in half.