I did a cut out a 3 weeks ago - took some feral black bees home to add to my 2 hive apiary. I'm pretty sure I didn't get the queen, and yesterday I took a look inside - I didn't see any brood, just workers filling the comb with nectar. But I wasn't able to get a really good look because the comb was a mess! I had rubberbanded their combs into the frames for one deep body, and a few weeks later they have taken all the rubberbands out and have built cross comb like crazy! Some combs haven't been attached at all, they've just fallen over - it's a real nightmare!
What I decided to do in the end was combine the feral bees with my weaker hive yesterday to add some population - this hive I had split and requeened 3 weeks ago. I thought they could benefit from some extra bees (being the hive that didn't get the "drifters"). But worried that the queen might get the idea of laying in the crisscrossed comb, I put a queen excluder between them as well as the newspaper. (Perhaps that would help too in case there were queen cells I wasn't able to see). I thought I'd give them a week to get "acquainted" and then go in and shake all the bees off the crisscrossed comb and take that deep super off the top. Does this plan sound good? Will it work?
And if so, what should I do with the crisscrossed comb once I take it off - especially if it's full of nectar? Leave it out in yard for the bees to clean up?