I was chatting to my friend who was going to help me build my first hive when he told me his boss used to keep bees and has about 20 old hives in a shed he hasnt used for a few years and that he would be willing to let me have a couple.
I just wondered about preparing them for bees? Are there any specific methods of cleaning them out etc ready? Also is there any chemicals I should not use? I imagine they will probably be quite dusty and dirty.
I cannot believe my luck that I could be getting a few hives for free! Just need to get the bees.
All help appreciated.