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bill
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« on: April 21, 2005, 05:05:01 PM »

When I went into my hive last week to get some frames for my nucs I pulled one frame out and it had comb with no frame around it hanging down into the lower hive body, I put it back like it was and realized I had left a frame out of the bottom so they obligingly had replaced it. I was wondering if later on I should  tie it into a frame when I go in there again or something. it is as straight as the ones in the frames and I hate to make their hard work go for nought it was just in the stage of comb there might have been eggs or something  but I just put it back. is there something I should do or not thanx
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2005, 05:13:18 PM »

Cut it off and place it in an empty frame.  Use a couple of rubber bands around the frame to hold the comb.  They will attach the comb to the frame.  The bees will chew the rubber bands off the frames and they will fall to the bottom.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2005, 06:03:04 PM »

The size of this comb is probablly drone comb size. A common trick of beekeepers in the past has been to put a small or medium frame in the deep brood box to have the bees build drone comb off the bottom bar of the small frame. They fill the space under the frame with drone comb. The subsequent drone that fill these cells can now be checked for mites and cut off the bottom of the small frame and frozen or discarded. Current thinking for IPM (integrated pest management) is now that this is not enough. That there should be two deep frames of drone comb in the hive (assuming a two box hive, one frame for each box) that should be frozen or cut out and discarded once capped. This will kill all the mites which like drone better because they take 3 more days to develope so the mites have 3 more days to lay eggs.

So here is my opinion, wait untill your free hanging comb is capped and then cut it off and either check it for mites or just discard it and put the other frame back in. My hives have two deeps of drone comb which I put in positions 3 and 8 in the brood box, I paint the top bar of the frame green to distinguish it from the rest (make it easier to see) and remove it and freeze it when it is capped for IPM. I don't put insecticides in my hives to kill mites. Good luck! Cheesy
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