How long do you keep your cutout comb tied/rubberbanded in the frames? Also, how long do you keep the comb in period? Do you eventually remove it and replace it with new foundation, or something?
I have three hives that are made up from cutouts. I am wondering if I should let the rubberbands stay on until the bees eat through them, or if I need to keep an eye on it, and remove the bands when the comb is pretty secure in the frames. Two of the hives appear to be queen right. The other does not appear to be. Obviously, I need to give it some attention, and combine it, or try to let them raise their queen. It just makes me nervous, moving anything around with the comb just resting in there.
Anyway, thoughts/advice is appreciated.