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I have a dead out which had a fair amount of honey. It's a top bar hive, and I want to preserve the comb and food in order to jump-start a new colony. However, I cannot get any new bees until close to mid-may.

Can I leave it all in the hive for that long?

At the moment, I have the entrance shut with a porous material which allows air flow, and I've got it moated in order to keep ants out.

Does anyone see a problem with leaving it like that for a month? Or is it likely to get ruined somehow?

Thanks,

Adam
 

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Mold is the thing you need to avoid here. You need enough air flow to avoid mold, but obviously you want to keep wax moth and ants away.
 

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I hope you can, most of my dead outs have been sitting all winter waiting for splits season. I have never had a problem doing it this way even with mold the bees clean it up....:thumbsup:
 
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