Recently an aquaintance let me know they had some bee equipment they didnt need and wanted to know if I wanted it. Someone had been keeping some hives on their property but had moved and left the bees a few years ago and last winter the last of them died out. My main concern was I had heard from a local beek that he had been asked to look at her dead outs and had suspected one of them had AFB. After asking several times if I wanted it i went over and looked at it and took it with me. The person giving the equipment away knows nothing about bees, but I aksed her what she did with the suspected afb hive. She told me she had burned it.
I'm not 100% positive she did. there were 5 queen excluders 10-10frame deeps and 5 med supers. 5 bottom boards and 5 inner covers, 5 entrance feeders and misc frames. All the equipment for 5 hives.
notice everything in 5's ? Im thinking if she had burned one set of hive equipment I would have sen an extra feeder and queen excluder.
Anyway, what to do with it?
I have been scorching the boxes and I may try to see if the boxes will fit in my shop oven for 30 min at 325. but in the end I havn't decided wether to even use them or not. What would you do with all this equipment?