Re: Donated Hives a Bad Idea and Best Time to Move
Hmmm... Free beehives. All you have to do is pick them up!
Between now and then, just do a google and study up how to recognise AFB. If the worst happens (unlikely), and they have AFB, you have to burn them. It will cost you your time. The other bee diseases, there are ways to live with.
If the former owner was in poor health before he died, the hives may be in neglected condition. Just keep asking on Beesource people can talk you through how to replace old boxes etc.
In consideration of the deceased beekeepers family, they probably want them moved as soon as you are able.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).