Have been told to remove old dark colored comb from hives of which in brood sections there are quite a lot. As I am going into one hive today with the likelyhood of taking off some honey could odd dark colored combs be removed from the brood & be replaced by a frame of foundation. If there is brood etc. would it be feasible to place these frames into upper supers to let the bees hatch or whatever and then replace them with new foundation .
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"Geoff" If you are pulling honey you must be getting close to the end of your summer. This is not a good time to do anything to the brood nest. Just because brood comb is dark doesn't mean it should be replaced. Spring is the time to draw foundation. If you are using deep hive bodies as brood chambers come spring, put 10 frames of foundation in a deep hive body and place it on top of a good strong 2 story colony. Being sure you have a strong nectar flow. If no nectar flow you will have to feed sugar or corn syrup.