If you bring a local swarm into a new bee box and just leave it alone forever, will it be okay?
A big colony set up in my backyard fireplace so I'd like to transfer it to something more permanent and maybe take up the hobby. But I'm wondering if I'm suddenly taking on some big responsibility (like they'll die in this box if I don't attend to it and harvest honey from it). I'm just wondering how the longevity of a neglected beebox fairs versus this hive as-is.
p.s.: realistically i'd probably rise to the challenge since I love bees but I want to know what I'm getting into.