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WMB hive floor and over-wintering

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wbc
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We are lucky enough to have obtained a complete wbc second hand hive. no bees yet ! We have 2 queries and would like some input from experienced beekeepers. :
1. the hive has a solid wood floor ... should we change to an open mesh ?
2. As we have no bees should we put the complete hive in the garden with the brood frames and super frames and hope for a swarm in the spring. Or should we only leave out the brood box with frames ?
Or would it be better to store the complete hive in the shed until early spring ?

We hope to be able to make a second wbc over the winter.
Thanks in advance.
 

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