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

A few questions to ask before buying….

  • Why are the bees for sale?
  • Have they been inspected by the Seasonal Bee Inspector?
  • Where are they coming from?  Our part of north Wales has a very healthy population of honeybees. We want to keep it that way.   Only buy locally raised bees.

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