Once you start BBQing everyone wants to be a part of it and you end up cooking all the time. Since starting this hobby 2 months ago I've purchased two hives done a cutout, captured a swarm for a friend and now, after replacing completely disintegrated lids on two of four neglected hives, I am recieving those 4 hives that haven't been worked in more than 5 years. The two hives were so wide open that the bees were no longer using the bottom entrance and using thier bodies to plug the gaps between boards. So after putting on solid lids I drilled a 3/8 inch hole near the top of each for fear that the bottm entrance might have some internal blockage, to be sure that there was some airway for them and to get them use to using the bottom entrance again. The plan is to prepare a spot for them in my apiary, provide them with some food for the winter and move them come springtime. I would also like to replace the equipment from top to bottom. ie bottom board brood boxes and lids. Should I replace the equipment now or wait till spring? Should I move them in their original hives or change equipment once they've acclimated to thier new surroundings come springtime? There are no excluders in these hives, is there a preferred method of changing to new boxes? I'll post some pics here in a minute. I didn't open them anymore than I had to because the ones that were open, were pretty hot. I'm sure they've been having quite a battle with pests since they were so exposed and I wanted them to cool off some on the insecurity. The one fram I did pull looked great, large solid brood pattern with good honey stores surrounding.