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Hello All,

I have four hives. One of them struggled along this year.

In the end of the season, I decided to combine the hive with stronger ones.

I retrieved the deeps last weekend. The are pretty packed with pollen.

I was thinking about using them for next season when I begin splitting hives.

My question is whether I should scrape out all of the old pollen and comb, and let the bees start fresh. I'm using a plastic foundation on the frames.

Thanks.

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Michael,

Do I need to scrape out the old pollen? The stuff is really packed in there. What I mean is that when I do attempt to scrape, it takes quite a bit of force. It's hard to imagine the bees removing it. I've heard the same holds true for cells of honey that are closed up.

Thoughts?


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>Do I need to scrape out the old pollen?

I wouldn't.

>It's hard to imagine the bees removing it.

They will eat it. They may add some water to do it, but they will consume it eventually unless its old pollen from several years ago.

>I've heard the same holds true for cells of honey that are closed up.

You mean crystallized solid? They will consume it.
 
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