If you do cutouts in late winter (in warm climates) or early spring and have empty comb, can it be saved for use? I ripped down a abandoned hive with empty comb just prior to getting my first bees. Just crudely ripped it from the floor it was attached to and stuffed the broken bits in a trash bag and tossed it.
Sitting here now wishing I had empty comb....wondering what trail I should go to best answer that need and a light bulb turned on.
During a cut out, if you cut the empty comb to fit the frame and strap it in, will the bees attach it to the frame like comb of honey/brood. I was thinking I would freeze it for a few days once banded in a frame (to protect it) to keep any eggs in it. Then use it as comb during expansion during the flow. Or maybe to help reduce swarming in spring due to having no drawn comb on hand.
Will that work?