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I'm setting up two new hives this spring and am wondering if it's better to start with all new foundation or if I should use some frames with used brood comb in them. Any other advice on using used brood or honey super comb would be appreciated as well.
 

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Depends on if you are starting with nucs, in which case you will already have used brood comb, or a package, which you could put on new foundation. If you knew the source of the comb and the history that went with it I would be tempted.
 

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Drawn comb is a great boost to a hive since they do not have to spend all of the energy, time and resources to pull comb out.
 

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Thanks all. I have lots from the old fellow whose equipment I've purchased. He has assured me that he never had any major disease outbreaks or such and also thinks I should use the old comb. My question now is how old is too old? Much still looks good and is an amber color but some of it is very dark and opaque. Some also has what appears to be still-capped brood cells. There seems to be nothing in the cells but residue of some sort
 

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I am not certain why Iddee suggested that you replace very black comb???

imho... at some point comb does need to be replaced but color by itself is not likely to be a very good indicator for most folks. <no real disagreement here just looking for some better elaboration to better discriminate the good from the bad from the ugly.
 

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That was the easiest way to describe it to a newbee. The hardness, size and depth of cells, etc. is something you just have to pick up with time. Solid black comb is enough of an indicator that is easy to explain and easy to understand.
 

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I use the "black comb" or old comb in my swarm catchers.

Jim
 
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