I just pulled the bottom box off a hive I am converting to an eight-frame/three-deep configuration. The box is empty of bees, of course, but it has a ton of stores. I was thinking of giving the comb back to the bees to clean, and because spring is off to a late start here.

--Any reason not to?
--If not, how best to do it?
--Can I just put them out in another box somewhere in the yard, and let the bees find them? Or will that encourage robbing?
--An alternative might be to put them in a box on top of the inner cover.

Thoughts?

Many thanks,
mainubeek