Hi all it's me again!
As some might remember I am new to beekeeping since last August and have 12 hives - 10 from an old beekeeper who died and 2 form the beekeeping club. Anyway I'm happy to say that they all made it through the winter beautifully!
I'm now starting to move the 10 colones into new hives and have already encountered some 'problems' (well i did sort of expect there would be problems anyway)
1: the old hives are a mix of Deutch normal and Zander and the new hives are all Dadant so the old frames don't fit in the new hives.
2: the old frames are FULL of uneaten stores.
So far I have only attempted to transfer 1 colony from a Deutch normal hive (the frames are way smaller than Dadant!). What I ended up having to do was to take the top 'brood box' off the old hive and put the 'brood box' of the new hive on top of the bottom 'brood box' of the old hive then hang 3 frames with just half foundation in the new hive and use them to hang the frames from the top 'brood box' of the old hive. However i am now thinking that i should just take out the old frames and give them all new frames with just foundation (I don't have and drawen comb to give them) in the new hive and let them move up into the new hive at their own speed and remove the old hive altogether once I am sure the queen is in the new hive..
Now this I have to do for 10 hives before they really get going in the spring!