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Author Topic: what to do with frames that bees built between main frames?  (Read 519 times)
beekeeper81
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« on: June 17, 2011, 11:54:33 AM »

I am a new beekeeper.

My bees bult new frames between the frames in the beehive. When I first picked them up in the air, their frame fell on the ground. I picked it up, looked aat it and saw a lot of eggs and larva inside.

I tried to rescue them and it turned into a hot mess. Please give me and advise : what do I do now?

How I tried to rescue them: I inserted the frame that they built into a regular size frame, by cutting out pieces of foundation and putting wire through the frame that the bees built. I left it for a week to see what happens, and when I opened beehive yesterday, this frame was bent and went to all directions, and they started to built additional frames again.



My guess would be to remove all weird looking and bent looking frames and insert new ones.

Looking forward to your suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 12:39:53 PM »

Welcome. First, let's work on names. Frames are made of wood or plastic. Combs are made of wax.

Remove all wild comb and place the straight brood comb in frames with large rubber bands. When you put the hive back together, push all frames tightly together. The wild comb is built when the frames are too far apart.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 12:58:32 PM »

If you want to see how to use the rubber bands and see a lot of brood comb being put into new frames, look at a coupe of JP and Schawee's videos on here where the do cutouts or catch swarms.  They use the rubber bands to hold the comb in place until the bees can secure it to the frames.

And iddee is right.  they built the wild comb because your frames were too far apart.  Frames are built to provide the proper "bee space" when pushed tight touching one another.  Once the combs are fill out, you can then get away with a little more space between the frames.

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 03:31:32 AM »

If it's a large piece of comb you can tie it into an empty frame (rubber bands, string whatever to hold it in).  If it's small  just remove it.  You don't have your frames tightly together and you left too much space.
http://bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#messedupcomb
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