After a somewhat successful first year of beekeeping, I have a little question regarding getting bees out of their current hive into new wood-ware. I inherited 3 hives which had been abandoned for 3 or 4 years, and some of the boxes are in a pretty bad state. All of the boxes have a lot of burr comb and inspections are difficult. Two of the hives have missing frames, and the bees filled up the space. I'd like to move them to new boxes and frames next spring, but not sure how to go about it. I did ask this question once, and the answers were either a cut out or let them move naturally up to an empty box. I'd like to go the natural, up to an empty box route. Any tips? When to do it, how to encourage them? How to make sure the queen has gone too?