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  1. #1
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    Default How long can capped brood live out of hive

    I helped a friend clean his hive out yesterday, it was in the mid 60's and had to remove some capped brood combs and would say it was outside for maybe 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Put it in an empty super and they are working it pretty good and the comb looks dry. First time doing this and am wondering if there is a way to tell if they are dead. Would I be better off taking them out and melting the comb? They are several years old and brown. Thanks

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    Default Re: How long can capped brood live out of hive

    If they are dead the bees will clean it out. I would leave it in the hive and leave it alone.

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    Default Re: How long can capped brood live out of hive

    So as long as they are capped, they may still be alive then? Thanks

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    Default Re: How long can capped brood live out of hive

    What took that long? If bees weren't covering it keeping it warm you may see some larvae at the entrance or in the grass in front of the hive.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: How long can capped brood live out of hive

    We had to take the hive apart, it was loaded with bees and had to reworked the 3 deep brood boxes and then I had to drive home and then put the comb in some frames and that took a while, I am thinking more trouble than it is worth.

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    Default Re: How long can capped brood live out of hive

    Long drive home?
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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