The top tab on one of my deep frames broke. Should be fixable. BUT - I'm wondering if I went about "cleaning it up" the right way:
- I did wait for all the brood to hatch before removing it (it was on a hive that swarmed, so there was a gap in egg production which made this possible).
- There was very little honey in it - but lots of pollen and also that jelly-like substance (what exactly is that - is it nectar?).
I didn't want that pollen and other stuff to go to waste so I took the frame and laid it next to the hive thinking the bees would forage on it a bit and clean it up, at which point I'd take it away and fix it. Which they've been doing, but they're kinda hanging out on it a bit more than I thought. This morning in fact it was literally covered in bees, before the bees had even begun to forage for the day. So it was like they stayed there (outside the hive!) overnight.
Did I just screw up and trick the bees into thinking part of their hive was "outside" the hive? Should I just take the frame away and not worry about the pollen going to waste?