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Offline Moonshae

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Rubber bands
« on: May 04, 2008, 06:40:13 PM »
I used rubber bands to hold in the chunks of comb that I cut out of the hive...will the bees remove them eventually, or should I do it once they've attached the comb to the frames? Or should I not bother and just leave them on?
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Re: Rubber bands
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008, 07:00:42 PM »
i leave them.  they usually degrade and break eventually.  when i get into the hive later on, i remove them.
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Re: Rubber bands
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008, 07:42:59 PM »
The bees will remove them.  If you like after a week or so you can cut them .  The only problem with them is that sometimes the bottom bar bows after a while.
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Re: Rubber bands
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008, 08:42:45 PM »
The bees eat through the rubber bands and they wind up on the bottom board, some hives do this faster than others. I usually remove them when I see them on the bottom board. Certain hives will leave them on the bottom board for quite a while, others will move them out. I always give them a helping hand.


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Re: Rubber bands
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008, 11:58:42 AM »
The rubberbands break down. The bees also chew on them.

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