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Offline Steel Tiger

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Getting rid of old, thick comb
« on: July 07, 2013, 08:40:06 AM »
 When I bought my nucs, one had a broken frame. When the brood emerged, I pull the frame and replaced it with an empty. I then took that frame, cut the comb out and then cut it in half to rubber band to two medium frames so I could "seed" the empty mediums I added to the hives and put one in each hive. It worked, the bees attached the comb to the frames and built new comb on the rest of the frames, except two.
 Now the problem is, the old comb that they attached is now as thick as two frames. They won't build on the two frames beside it. And it's full of honey.
 
 I'm thinking of pulling them out and setting them on the hives for the bees to rob out, then cut the old comb out, leaving some of the newer comb for them to use as a guide,and put them back into the hives.

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Re: Getting rid of old, thick comb
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013, 09:59:49 AM »
I wouldn't set them on the hives. I would set them a distance away. No sense inviting a robbing attack.

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Re: Getting rid of old, thick comb
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013, 10:16:16 AM »
thanks, I'll set up a plank for them up by the fence. That's 50 yards or so away.

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Re: Getting rid of old, thick comb
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013, 01:38:59 PM »

 I'm thinking of pulling them out and setting them on the hives for the bees to rob out, then cut the old comb out,

Put an empty box over the hive, that bees can come into the box. Then put there the frames to be licked.

No open feeding or robbing and delivering old comb's diseases!!!!!
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Re: Getting rid of old, thick comb
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2013, 06:14:23 AM »
Yep, just pull out the fat combs and let the bees rob them out.  I just set the frames 10 feet from the hives and never have a problem, especially this time of year.  Too much nectar in nature to get the bees in attack mode right now.

I'm not sure what Finski was trying to say?

 

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