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Offline eri

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Broken comb
« on: April 25, 2009, 08:18:22 AM »
New KTBH, first inspection of package. Lovely comb! Fragile! 85 degrees in full sun, one of the largest combs -- with brood -- broke off at the top next to the bar. No problem, I thought, I'll just tie it back on. No way! In a matter of moments it was mush, each time I touched it it crushed more. Brushed all the bees off, checked carefully that the queen was not there, put the bar back in place -- it still had a row of cells along the wedge. After I took it in the house and examined it with a magnifying glass I put it on the floor at the back of the hive.

I know I've set them back with this comb break and I'm thinking I should leave everything alone until the comb cures more, except to open it up and gently sever comb attached to the side. I'm now thinking I should wait for centermost brood comb to stiffen (how long?) and instead of lifting each bar out from back to front (I have a stand that holds 3 bars) maybe just slide the bars apart and pull 1 or 2 of the centermost combs for a quick inspection?

Any experiences/suggestions along these lines?

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Re: Broken comb
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009, 02:32:31 PM »
It's good to have some swarm catching frames built and handy.  Then you can just lay it in the frame, close it and put it back in.  New wax is very fragile.
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Offline ktbearpaws

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Re: Broken comb
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2009, 07:55:31 PM »
I had the same problem my friend.... Comb was so full of honey it just fell of the bar.
I wasn't sure on what to do so I just left it on the bottom of the hive....
I could kick myself when i did it....

Offline eri

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Re: Broken comb
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 02:47:50 PM »
How long does it take new comb to "cure?" I did an inspection yesterday -- very brief because I could see/feel the comb was still extremely fragile.
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Offline Cheryl

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Re: Broken comb
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2009, 11:51:34 PM »
Several months, at least.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

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Re: Broken comb
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 02:38:38 AM »
If the combs are white or yellow they are green and will bend easily.  Cured combs are more of a medium brown color which takes about 2-3 months.  When dealing with green combs always hold the comb straigh up and down and level.
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