(Updated 5-4-12) Inspected a hive that had not been opened in 15 years today A friend had the opportunity to buy a hive from a widow who's husband had a beehive at his lawnmower repair shop. Her husband past away 15 years ago this summer. She finally decided to sell the shop and the new owner found the bees and offered them to my friend who had a hive of bees a couple of years ago. He asked me to help him open them up and the following pictures show what I found. When I arrived the bees were all over the front and clustered up underneath the bottom board. Photo 2 shows the honey super I pulled off and two frames I pulled to place in the new honey super(photo 3). Photo 4 shows the top deep with 2 or 3 missing frames but the bees had followed, more or less, the frames in the above honey super and built 2 complete combs from the bottom of the honey super frames to the bottom of the top deep. Also shown in photo 5. Photo 6 shows the comb we dug out of the top deep. I put 3 new frames with new foundation in the top deep. To help relieve the congestion, I pull two more frames from the top deep and placed them in another deep to the left of photo 1. We swept off the bees from the honey super into that deep as well. We tried to tie the comb from the dish pan into another deep to hopefully establish a third hive. I'm hoping the two new deeps with brood etc from the overcrowded hive will requeen and start their own colony. What should I have done different?