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Hello again:
This is what i have going on. I purchased 100 used hive boxes with frames,most with no foundation in them and went thru them all looking for bad frames and boxes. I have them stored on my trailer with the top covered with plastic in my shed. I used some of the bad box to store some frames that need new foundation and such. We left Thursday for the weekend and i returned today and a swarm moved into a stack of 4 boxes with a hole in the 3rd box fron the top. I pulled up the plastic and the bees ar full to the top of the 4th box. the shed has no door so they can come and go as they please but what do i do with them to move them outside to a new hive out of the way. i have 5 full boxes of honey to feed them for the winter this will be my first hive.
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Thanks rast:
i watched them tonight and they are flying steady into the hole on the 4 box pile. They are confined to the 4 box pile and i was considering taping off the holes tonight and moving outside with a bottom board and top and putting them by the other hive that i set out before i left for the weekend because there were bees all over the day i left hoping they would move into the outside hive but all they are doing now is taking the honey out of it.
Would that be ok or should i see what they are going first. I can see new comb in the top box when i opened the plastic and i do not know what condition the frames are in the 4 box pile i dont want them to make a mess of the boxes.
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I do not know the condition of the frames in that stack, that is why i am so concerned about getting them settled into a good hive. I just went in the shed with a flash light and peeked in the holes and under the plastic and it is packed. Got a great deal on the boxes but had to buy they all. And i have suit and vail but have never worked bees buy me self. All my honey is stacked and covers in a ice shanty until i can get a building up to store all my boxes and equipment.
 

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Should i leave the hive in the same location for 3 days or should i move it. And how far away is ok so they do not return to the shed. Thanks i do not know what i would do if i did not find this site. You guys are a great help.
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Removed the top box this morning and found that there was only a large cluster in the top box and just a few bees in the others. the top box has no foundation in it but they are making comb between the frames so i put the top box on a bottom board and put an empty box with 4 frames of brood cells and 6 frames of new foundation then the box of honey. will this be ok or should i have treated it as a swarm trap and dumped the box into the new box and put the honey on the top. They seemed to be very eazy to work with and the bees are useing the new hive with lots of bees coming in with there leggs covered in pollin. I have pic but have to figure out how to attach them.
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Went into the box and removed all empty frames and put all new foundation and some brood cell frames. thay had 3 combs the size of small plate made and i put them at the entrance so they can take the honey and wax back into the hive. They settled back down in only 15 minutes so i hope that is ok.
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Thanks for all the advise. I just went and looked in the shed and they seem to be all calm. I just hope the Queen is still in the hive and that she did not get out when i changed the frames. When do you suggest that i check for eggs and brood to see if the queen is active.
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Opened the hive today and checked out the boxes. There are about 6 frames covered in the bottom box ,I see pollin and honey but i did not see brood or a queen in the bottom or the second box . I did not look in the top honey box.
I did put a queen excluder between the 2nd and top box. What should i do. do? do i buy a queen and requeen the hive or should i wate and see if may bee i missed her in the hive.
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Went in the hive today with Dan the beekeeper that i worked with before and we found in his words to be a beutifull queen and he also showed me that she was laying like mad. The pollin is coming in very steady today and it feels great to know that everything is going ok. We also took out the excluder as Iddee suggested. I am looking forword to working with my first hive.
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Upate on the hive, all is going great the pollin is coming in and they are putting in honey and lots of brood.I did 4 moves on the hive to get them out of the shed so i can do some work arround there.
Now that i have some brood and eggs do you think that it is to late up here to do the trap out of the 2 hives in the block walls, or should i wait to see if i can winter this hive over and do it in the spring if they are still there. i still have 4 deep supers of honey to feed if i do the trap out.
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Opened the hive today and there are 6 frames of brood in the bottom box and 4 frames of brood in the top box of honey that i put on for them. They are putting honey in the second box. Now i put the topbox in the middle and the second box on the top. Was that the right thing to do to keep the queen in the bottom two boxes? Or sould i have let her put her brood anyplace she wants this late in the season.
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