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Can I use old combs?

 
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hurvinek1
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 2:00 am    Post subject: Can I use old combs? Reply with quote

Can I leave the combs in a hive for a split from my remaining hive? The dead colony was strong in the fall, but I saw several bees with deformed wings on the ground. would it be foolish to try to save the new colony the work to build their own?
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JGW07
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't. Bees make comb quite well on their own. During our current flow I've been adding bars every couple of days. If I have any suspicion that a hive failed due to disease, I just render the comb into wax and make candles.
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