Buying secondhand hives of bees

If you are thinking of buying secondhand hives of bees, we suggest you check the state of the frames and combs before you buy.  The pictures show incorrect size frames,  a frame with a damaged lug, a broken frame spacer and distorted comb.   Manky old combs like these could be harbouring diseases. Beekeeping is much easier if you use good equipment. Pictures by Barry Griffiths.

This colony of bees could be transferred onto new frames of foundation using a Bailey Frame change or a Shook swarm

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