If I buy an empty hive will bees come to it?
Native worker bees do scout around for new nest locations (brick walls, possom boxes, logs, meter boxes etc). When they find a good spot the colony will raise a virgin queen and escort her the the new hive. This is called a ‘daughter’ hive. It is thought that the ‘mother’ hive continues to support the ‘daughter hive for up to two years.
You could get lucky but there is no guarantees unfortunately.