Re: bees in a whiskey barrel
If you have brood in the super, then just set the super on a new base, and add the queen to the new hive. Put another empty super on top of the barrel, and wait for them to fill it again. If the queen in the barrel needs replacing, the bees know what to do.
If you have no brood in the super on the barrel, check out one of the threads about the Hogan Trapout method.
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