I lost two hives over the winter- but the boxes are still full of capped honey- can I install new bees in the old hives (I don't know what the hive died from but assume mite load)- or do I need to get rid of the capped honey frames? thank you. clc
I had the same issue with two of my hives. I just installed the new bees in the hive. If there is no sign of foul brood or other illnesses, I just let the new bees work their magic and clean up the hive and use the honey themselves to establish the new hive. I have done this in the past (advice I received in previous bee meetings) and the bees thrived!