A friend of one of my family members had a death in their family. The deceased was a beekeeper and has a few active hives/colonies that the family does not want. They have been offered to me and I'm of course excited about the chance to get a few established hives for free. Is this a really bad idea to take them since I don't have any info on their history or health? Since it's cold here right now it may be fought to examine them closely.
Secondly, if taking them is not a bad idea, is moving the hives in the winter months a bad idea? I'm in southern Ohio.
Thanks in advance for any help/advice.