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Offline PeskySquirrel

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What to do with frames from dead out?
« on: March 01, 2010, 01:53:53 AM »
My two hives didn't make it (too many mites, I suspect), so I'll be starting over in April. My question is what should I do with the dozen or so frames I now have that are packed with pollen and/or uncapped honey/nectar? I'd like to re-use as much comb as I can to give my new packages a head start, but these frames don't have any "laying room" and I don't want to clog up the brood nest. I have enough "open" comb for the first story of what will become the brood chambers for my two new packages, but it's the second story that I will have trouble providing "open" comb for. Any advice on how I can get the comb cleaned up and ready for laying? Or if not that, make sure they don't go to waste?

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Re: What to do with frames from dead out?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010, 02:28:52 AM »

Keep the combs in warm water two hours. It dilutes the syrup/honey.
Shake the sugar water off.
Save those which have good pollen store. 

Keep the nuc warm. It helps build up. In the picture I have a terrarium heater.

When you start the new package, give them only that much frames as they can occupye.

One frame pollen, one honey and the rest 3-4 cleaned combs. Put extra wall into the box.

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Re: What to do with frames from dead out?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010, 10:26:43 AM »
Finski gives good advice but I would add if you will not be using them for a while, after cleaning you could store them in a freezer or spray them down with Certan http://www.beeworks.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=18

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