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> should attempt to move them into a standard bee hive?
If you want to be able to manage and inspect the hive, the barrel will likely turn out to be a problem as the bees build more comb.
You can cut the existing comb into pieces that fit in a frame, then hold it in place with rubber bands stretched over the frame. The bees will attach the cmb to the frame. The longer you wait to do this the more difficult it will be.
Also, Georgia law no doubt requires bees to be housed in a manner that allows inspection, meaning removable frames or bars.
Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 07-06-2013 at 12:53 PM.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft