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Help on setting up a new hive that took residence in some old hive boxes.

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Help on setting up a new hive that took residence in some old hive boxes.

My hive didn't make it through winter a couple years back and this summer I started storing my hive boxes at my parents place. I few weeks ago my parents noticed that there were some bees coming in and out.

My dad wanted to move them away from the side of the shop so they don't get rain and snow from the roof falling on them – and wanted to set them up properly, since they were just using an opening from unevenly aligned boxes as an entrance.

I thought setting them up wouldn't be to difficult, but there were way more bees than I thought there were going to be. My plan was just to move the setup at night, but it turns out one of the boxes they took up residence in is just full of burr comb. I think there's honey mostly in this one top box with the burr comb, but I saw a few capped brood cells as well.

Is the only way to make this right to cut out the burr come and rubber band it into frames? Any other advice?

Feel free to ask questions, as it's late and I feel like I may not have explained the situation fully.

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