Recently did a cutout. It was bigger than I thought and so I did not have enough equipment to rubber band all the combs at that time.
After I left, a couple of combs fell down and were horizontal on the bottom of the cavity. They had been mostly cleaned out a couple of days later, when I returned.
Just out of curiosity, if I had left the hive continue to grow and they then incorporated the horizontal comb into the hive, how would they use it? Would it just be used for honey storage, or could it be used for raising brood? I understand that cells facing downwards with larvae of the correct age may be turned into queen cells.
Has anyone had a hive on it's side for months? How did the combs look? Photos would be great.