delber, I'm starting from scratch. I may bump up my mentor and see if I can't bum a little comb off of him...simply using it to rub on the frames and around the entrance seems like it would be good. His hives are clean ones so I'm not worried about disease...shucks, I'm getting two hives from him for the new year. Might be time for a visit.
Queen juice... It'll be a while before I can start brewing some of that. I had a flash that maybe some of the queens in the different queen cells that are built from time to time might be used to sweeten the juice but I don't think the pheromone is there until after the virgin queens are mated. Once I get established one thing I'll do is have a small jar of alcohol ready!