I went to pick up my bees yesterday. I got them from a guy that does bee removals. They were a swarm that had made a hive in a plastic valve box that hadn't been installed yet. The guy just boxed up the container and that's how I got it. I took it home and was quite worried as to how I was going to get this thing installed in my top bar hive as I had no idea really what was in the box. I suited up and decided to go take a look at what I was dealing with. My husband meant to just stand back and watch and take pictures but when he saw how gentle they were he ended up helping me out in shorts, t-shirt, no veil, no gloves. He made a fire in a tin can and waved a piece of cardboard over it to smoke the bees. I really think we could have gotten away with out it, as the smoke wasn't very concentrated and the bees were not agressive at all. I brushed off the bees from the top and cut each comb off of the box. I brushed the bees off of the comb I was working on into my hive and then when they were all off I retreated away from the hive and was able to tie the comb onto top bars. I hadn't really planned on doing this at this time, I was just going to access and form a plan. We used twine to tie (suspend) the comb onto the topbars. It cut into the comb some, but stopped when it got to the brood. I'm hoping the bees will fill in the voids and attach the comb to the topbars. There was a total of 5 combs in the hive. One small one just had nectar so we didn't tie it in. As soon as I got the last batch of bees brushed into the hive they all started going in. I had a quick glimps of the queen and knew she was on that last comb. I returned the last comb to the hive and started shutting it down. They just all started heading into the hive. After I got all the top bars in place they found the entrance and started moving in real quick. When I checked on them about an hour later they were cleaning house, removing dead bees and larvae. (I smooshed a few larvae while tying the comb in) It was so cool!!! I just told myself there was nothing to be afraid of and there really wasn't. I moved slow and was a gentle as I could be and they didn't seem too bothered. There were a couple that would buzz around my head and follow me when I went away from the hive to tie the comb on, but no stings! My DH was in absolute awe. He couldn't beleive they weren't coming after us. My DD (11) even helped. I kept telling her to stay back, but next thing I knew she had crept forward and was in the fray again. She helped me with tying the comb on. Here are the pictures that DH took. .It was so cool!!! I'm sorry I keep saying that, but it really was cool!!