Will bees reuse pollen from old frame?

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  1. beebuzzed

    beebuzzed Member

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    I am curious if bees will reuse pollen from old frames. I was finally able to remove some plastic frames I didn't like from a last year's nuc. In each of these frames were filled with pollen. I'm not sure what to do with them. I would like to hang on to the frames for any emergency situation being that they have drawn comb, but am not sure if it's a bad idea since they have aged pollen in them. Any thoughts?
     
  2. indypartridge

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    My experience is that the bees generally ignore pollen frames from dead outs (i.e., pollen from last summer).
    ​Would be interested to hear what other beeks have seen.
     

  3. Ray

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    I have installed packages into dead-out hives. The Bees seem to utilize that bee bread or perhaps they hauled it out.