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Last year I started 2 packages with partially drawn foundationless frames from a dead out. I thought that they would finish drawing them out. The bees drew 16 new frames out top to bottom but never drew any new comb on the old frames. Will they ever finish these frames? Or should I cut the wax out and render it and then put the cleaned frames in a new split this year?

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My guess is that they'll finish drawing the partially drawn frames when they feel they need more comb area. Think of the partially drawn comb as 'a really good comb guide'. ;)
 

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I would stick the partials in between two of the fully drawn combs come this spring flow. They will use it. Drawn comb to me is like gold and really gives the bees a jump start. Just think of it as if you were moving, would it be quicker to move into a house that is build (or partially built) or start breaking new ground.
 

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New, foundationless comb seems to be built best (or finished best) when sandwiched between two combs of nearly solid brood, and there are plenty of young bees with nectar enough to keep their bellies full.
 
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