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Buying established hive, what to look for?

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I'm buying an established hive from, what I can tell is, a good beekeeper. He's moving and not taking all of his hives with him. What should I look for when inspecting the hive? I assume look for the typical maladies AFB, EFB, chalkbrood, etc, but what else?
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My experience has been that if he has treated for other than mites and you don't continue the same, the hive has a high likelihood of dying.
Hmm, didn't think about that. Very good point. I'll definitely check that.
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