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I did a cutout last night from a wall, and I didn't find any brood, there was some nectar and some honey that was starting to be eaten/robbed by the bees. I am hypothesizing that a swarm recently took up residence in an old abandoned nest and what was just starting to set up shop when I came and took them away.

My questions are two fold, first can/should I feed them the honey and nectar that I took or is that not a good idea because of foul brood?

Second, if I don't feed it back can I just melt down the wax with nectar and honey in water to separate the honey and wax for a wax harvest? I have a large storage tote full of old comb.
 

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When I reclaim wax with nectar and honey in it I put a few inches of very hot water in the catch bucket. The melted wax floats on water. Any water, nectar, honey that is in the melted honey sinks to the bottom of the floating wax and then dissolves into the water layer underneath.
 
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