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I am just finished a full year of beekeeping, so I am entering my first spring with a hive (vs. starting a hive in the spring with a package). In the fall, I collapsed my hive down. I took some full frames of honey and put them down into the hive for wintering. To do this, I took out some frames that had some minimal brood still present. I but these frames in a sealed bag and put them in my garage to expose them to freezing temperatures throughout the winter.

Is it safe to use the frames again? I was cutting out the areas with old brood, but they were a mushy mess. As I was stripping the wax they were actually exploding out with goo/puss. Is this bad? Should I just start fresh and call these frames a loss? I was hoping to re-use the existing comb to speed things up for them this spring. But now I don't know if this is a good idea anymore. Or can I just put them in the hive and bees will clean out what they don't like and then go on with their business?

I have no reason to suspect foulbrood or any other disease at this point. Frames have foundation.

Any help you can share or direct me to would be VERY appreciated.
 

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As long as you feel the frames are disease free, reuse the frames. Don't worry about scraping the old brood off. The bees will clean it up just fine. Having a few frames of honey is a big advantage when restarting a hive too.
 
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