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« on: July 06, 2009, 10:15:02 PM »

I think that is the name for it anyway.  My youngest son and I were inspecting the hives for capped frames that we could harvest.  We saw that many of the frames were attached to one another.  This was not readily apparent but became quite evident when a frame was pulled out and a huge chunk was left behind oozing honey all over the place. This seemed to happen with the foundationless frames the most. There were a few with perfectly capped honey on both sides, but most in the box tore. I cleaned up as best I could, but I couldn't really get the chunks back in place.  These were not small, many were four inches across.  Any ideas on why this happened and how we can take measures to discourage the practice?  Is this a function of frame placement, inherent challenge with foundationless, the individual hive's proclivity or something else? 
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 10:52:10 PM »

it happens.  when they are full of honey, do your inspections with a sharp knife in hand.  you can cut the pieces apart and do less damage.  also, do not worry about cleaning up.  take the chunks for yourself and the bees will clean up the rest.  it's only a potential problem if it drips under the hives and ants get at it.  i have not found it to be more a problem with foundationless, but i do note that some hives are more prone to drawing crazy comb.  this they usually fill with honey and it can get a bit messy.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 10:58:28 PM »

Pond,
 Sounds like  prime canidate for a walk away split to me.. if they are booming that well should build up enough brfore late Oct to make it through winter fine... check them in late Sept. if they dont have enough stores put up slap in a frame feered and they will be fine.    Good luck there neighbor, I grew up in Holilster.
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