Can I move entire colony into a new hive box?
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    Default Can I move entire colony into a new hive box?

    One of my colonies died out from mismanagement and I'd like to refurbish the box (paint etc...). Can I transfer all frames, including the queen, into a new box, just like that? any preparation needed?

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    Default Re: Can I move entire colony into a new hive box?

    Quote Originally Posted by steveolevi View Post
    One of my colonies died out from mismanagement and I'd like to refurbish the box (paint etc...). Can I transfer all frames, including the queen, into a new box, just like that? any preparation needed?
    Just like that.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Ukrainian frame experimentation.

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    Default Re: Can I move entire colony into a new hive box?

    Sorry, I think I explained things incorrectly. I want to move frames from a more delapidated box into the box in which the colony failed. Is that OK? I assume that the important thing is that when moving I should be sure that I have an queen or good queen cells going into the target box.
    The cause of mismanagement I stated was because when I did a split, I moved the queen along, with the frames with queen cells, into the new split box accidentally. The box that I took from now had no queen and no queen cells and over a two week period became 80 - 90% drones and then eventually they all just picked up and left.

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    Default Re: Can I move entire colony into a new hive box?

    We do it weekly. Only if the colony is diseased would it be ill-advised.
    Kamon Reynolds https://youtu.be/VQ9T1mCo5l4 Grafting Queens

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