Re: Comb Too Old?
mjfranks - If it is the black plastic with raised cell like the Rite Cell from MannLake, just scrape off the old wax with your hive tool, give it a quick wash with some tap water, shake it out, and put in the center of the hive. let them rebuild the wax on it and freshen it up. RiteCell is awesome for that reason alone. If it is the old style plastic core/wax embossing over it, pull it out, and toss as the bees usually won't bother to rebuild on it once the wax is gone.
Under normal conditions they say to cycle out old comb over i think 5 years. So basically when they put NUC's together in the larger operations they tend to get some older comb in them.
Hope that helps a little..
Thomas Bartram - 26 - 8 F langs, 10 Italian , 10 Russian, 6 Carniolan