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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Roxbury, MA

    Default Queen Cups in Resused Comb

    Hey All - so my hive last year swarmed and failed to produce a viable replacement queen and I didn't notice until it was too late to fix it (and then the hive faltered and got robbed out by wasps)- newbee + "life happens" issues = not figuring things out fast enough.

    So I took the one built out hive box that they'd managed to create, wrapped it in plastic, stuck it in my chest freezer for a week and then put it out in my garage until now. The comb is all intact and still stuck on the comb guides, so I was excited to get it back into the hive with a replacement package when my order comes (on the 13th!) but there are a bunch of queen cups in the comb. Do I leave them on figuring that they'll ignore them and/or take them down and reuse the wax for something else - or should I cut them out so that they don't "accidentally" make more queens and run off again.
    Zone 7b / KTBH / Warre

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Lee County, Alabama, USA

    Default Re: Queen Cups in Resused Comb

    If they have a viable queen and have plenty of room, it isn't likely that they'll accidently start a new queen. Being resourceful creatures, they'll probably reuse the comb.

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