Help~Ressurecting abandoned hive
My beekeeper has moved, and left the hive/boxes behind.
Last year a wild swarm came in & set up house, thrived for the Summer, but then abandoned ship sometime during late Fall or early Spring.
We';ve taken apart the boxes and started cleaning them out, but there is alot of comb and honey left in the top box.
My question(s) are,..........
-WHAT do we do now to clean the box and prepare it for new bees. (How much honey & comb do we leave, for example?)
-How do we set up a new hive,...what materials are needed. (We are lucky to have a wonderful beekeeping supplier, "Betterbee" near us.) Just need some good, easy to understand advice on how to proceed.
Thanks in advance for any help!
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