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re: redbuilding a hive.

Posted by leosart hawaii (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 12, 04 at 15:42

Aloha: I have a hive that hasn't been attended to in a couple of years.
A couple of swarms have come and gone since then, another is present
now. I recently purchase new brood boxes, frames and foundations.
What would be my best approach to reviveing this hive. It presently has
two large brood boxes on it and the foundations are probably useless.

Thank you, leosart

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Re-building a hive

Open it up and took a look. If you can find the queen your job will be a lot easier. Do you know what shook swarming is? Basically you get a fresh new hive and lay a sheet down like a cloth run way leading to the hive. You put the queen in the new hive and shake the rest of the bees out on the sheet. They will smell the queen and walk up the sheet into the new hive.

The trick is, of course, you have to find the queen first. She is the magnet.

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