New colony into hive but flow frames are yukky

Hey there,

I want to put a new colony in my hive, but when it comes to the Super the flow frames don’t look great.

Should I be doing anything to clean them up or will the bees just sort it out themselves?

Cheers, Ester-by-the-sea

If it is just wax and a little propolis and the mechanism works ok then it should be fine, the bees will get it the way they want. But maybe a picture would better describe your situation.

If there was a pest/disease problem or brood in the flow frames with the old colony then you may need to do some remediation…

But you should have some time since it is unlikely that your new colony will be ready for the super right away.

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