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  1. #1
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    Default reusing comb from dead bees

    Hi all, Last year was not a good first year .it appears all of my bees froze to death . One hive got taken out by a fallen limb and split open, the other just died. I've ordered new packages to try again this year . Can I reuse the comb that last years bees made? most of it had parts that were full of bees could I cut out the sections or do i have to start from scratch?
    Thanks, Tony

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    Default Re: reusing comb from dead bees

    Bees will clean a repair the comb. Re use as long as it it disease free. (AFB/EFB) It will give the packages quite a boost as they will not have to use so resources to draw comb before rearing brood.
    Rick

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    Cambridge Mn USA
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    Default Re: reusing comb from dead bees

    I have the same thing going on. How do I tell if there is disease ? Last year first year with bee's have lots of drawn comb. What am I looking for ?

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    Default Re: reusing comb from dead bees

    AFB/EFB are brood diseases. You would have had to make the determination then. Google/ search for it. I've never had to deal with it. If you did, have it, my bet is you would have been looking for answers before now. It is devastating.
    Rick

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    Default Re: reusing comb from dead bees

    I would reuse them. AFB is a brood disease, and is unlikely to kill them over winter...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  6. #6
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    Default Re: reusing comb from dead bees

    thanks for all of the feedback .At least I'll get something out of last years stuff.

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