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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
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    Washington, MO
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    Default Missouri - can comb from failed TBH be kept for bees next spring?

    Greetings! First year beek from St. Louis area. Our lone TBH failed in late August after our apparently improperly mated Russian queen turned drone-layer, and we didn't catch the problem until it was too late/too few workers to be able to requeen. Learned lots of valuable lessons and will try again (with two hives) in the spring.

    Question - there are four bars of drawn comb in the hive. Has a little capped honey and pollen. Can the bars of comb be saved for next spring's packages to use, to give them a head start? Will they clean out the remains of brood? How should I store it (in a hygienic manner, envisioning little rotting larvae corpses...)?

    Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Missouri - can comb from failed TBH be kept for bees next spring?

    Welcome, freeze the comb.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Battle Ground , Washington, USA
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    Default Re: Missouri - can comb from failed TBH be kept for bees next spring?

    Welcome, yup freeze the comb with pollen or honey , They new bees will clean out any dead in no time and thank you for the head start..
    I'm not tense, Just terribly, terribly alert!

  4. #4
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    Sep 2005
    Location
    Greensboro, North Carolina
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    Default Re: Missouri - can comb from failed TBH be kept for bees next spring?

    Welcome to the site!

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