My queen cages were left in a week and all had that cool football shaped comb when I slid them out. My first thrill in beekeeping was looking at those pristine white combs. After showing them to everyone till they were all sick of telling me that "yeah, those are really cool" I put them in my wax melting pot for later melt down. I'm finding that all of my not quite perfect technique creates great learning experiences. And of course the folks in this group do very nicely at setting me straight!
Buy locally, buy only humanely raised animals, eat in season, keep bees!