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We recently set up a small swarm in a six frame hive for a friend. The proper hive has arrived and it’s time to transfer the bees safely into the bigger dwelling.
In The Netherlands the hive we bought is called a ‘spaarkast’ or economy hive. It’s a European standard hive with metric measurements made of cedar wood.
Next bring everything you need to an accessible place by the existing hive.
The returning bees will need to ‘find’ their new home right where they left the old one. So it’s important to get the spot exactly right.
We moved the existing hive to one side and positioned the new one.
Then the transfer process of moving the frames into the new hive begins.
Those trainees were very hands on.
We added additional frames to the new hive so they have room to continue expanding the colony.
Some of the frames had very distorted comb so we did some adjustments and used needle and thread to position them in a new frame.
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