g3--love your signature line
Ain't it amazing which song lyrics make their impression on folks?
I can see I am going to need to get some frames built to fit my top bar and then rubber band in these mess-ups.
Do you (or anybody) ever try tying it onto the top bar without using a frame?
I simply leaned these "wild" brood combs in an open area of the super above the queen excluder. I'll clean those frames up later when I rob it. But I don't sling the honey to harvest it. Right or wrong, I just cut what I rob out of the frame, leaving an inch or so on the top bar, put it in a pot on the stove and melt the comb off. The wax settles to the top when it cools. The bees don't seem to mind building more comb on the pre-existing comb that gets left - after they clean off what honey is left.
Also, exactly where/how does a person do this without ticking off the bees or chilling the brood? Right at the hive?
Thanks for helping a newbee with all these questions!
Bees are going to get "ticked off" some times, sometimes not - that's what the protective gear is for
. I've only been dong this for....This will be my 2nd year. I don't know a thing about broods getting chilled, but I don't figure that the brood can get any colder in the few minutes it takes to do this on a warmish day, than what they would get in the hive on a 40° night.