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starting a new hive in winter

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Hi,

A friends hive died and I'm trying to get a new hive going but its moving into winter.

I have a box of empty frames from his old hive.

One idea is to put the empty box into one of my very strong hives (auckland weather) and spray sugar water over the frames and put a feeder in place. Let the box become repopulated with bees and brood and then move the box with bees and a brought queen.

Another idea is to try for a split but I don't think the chances are good of mating a natural queen.

What are your ideas and experiences with establishing hives in winter?

How risky is this proposition?

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Hi,

A friends hive died and I'm trying to get a new hive going but its moving into winter.

I have a box of empty frames from his old hive.

One idea is to put the empty box into one of my very strong hives (auckland weather) and spray sugar water over the frames and put a feeder in place. Let the box become repopulated with bees and brood and then move the box with bees and a brought queen.

Another idea is to try for a split but I don't think the chances are good of mating a natural queen.

What are your ideas and experiences with establishing hives in winter?

How risky is this proposition?

Wait till spring.

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How risky is this proposition?

100% domed to failure. You will not get a mated queen. If they made a queen cell the virgin will not get mated. And you may end up killing your own hive.

 

As @Kiwifruiter said. Wait for spring

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How risky is this proposition?

There's no way I'd be mucking around with them like that.

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Hi,

A friends hive died and I'm trying to get a new hive going

what did the hive die from ?

have you confirmed thats its not AFB ?

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It was a swarm and in the deadout most of the brood hatched out, there was no AFB and honey left but all the bees died out. I think they either just got overcome by wasps of something. There didn't seem to be panic supersedure cells in the dead out.

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